Steve Bannon Is Training ‘Shock Troops’ Of Former Trump Appointees to ‘Take Over’ Next GOP White House

A group of former Trump appointees gathered at a GOP social club Wednesday night to hear Steve Bannon speak. The man who had briefly served as Trump’s White House senior advisor brought them together to discuss how they could help the “next Republican president” reconfigure the United States government.

In an exclusive new interview with NBC News, Bannon said all of the quiet parts out loud, revealing their entire plan of attack for the 2022 midterms and the 2024 Presidential race. “If you’re going to take over the administrative state and deconstruct it then you have to have shock troops prepared to take it over immediately,” Bannon said. “I gave ’em fire and brimstone.”

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Bannon’s intentions to destroy the American voting system from within were made clear when he first aligned with Trump, and his message has never strayed far from his desire for total domination over the country. Bannon ran Trump’s first campaign and said that Trump’s agenda was “delayed” by the challenges of having to fill roughly 4,000 vacancies left by the Obama administration. Bannon said Trump was forced into making quick decisions regarding his appointees at federal agencies, and claims that “the steep learning curve” for political officials who were new to Washington impacted Trump’s ability to lead from the outset. The meeting on Wednesday was attended by around 200 former officials from multiple Republican administrations, though the group was comprised of mostly Trump appointees

Unfortunately, Bannon isn’t alone in his thoughts; in fact, he’s got more support now than ever before. His appearance at the Capitol Hill Club came at the invitation of a new organization called the Association of Republican Presidential Appointees, which was formed to create a resource for future GOP officials tapped to fill federal jobs. The fact that this group has even been formed is troubling, as Trump-endorsed MAGA candidates are already challenging Republican incumbents.

Bannon told NBC News he wants to see “pre-trained teams ready to jump into federal agencies” when the next Republican president takes office, referring to presidential appointees whose postings don’t require Senate confirmation.

“We’re going to have a sweeping victory in 2022 and that’s just the preamble to a sweeping victory in 2024, and this time we’re going to be ready — and have a MAGA perspective, MAGA policies, not the standard Republican policies,” Bannon said in the interview, which was a clear reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. He also called a potential Trump 2024 electoral victory as a “second term.”

Trump often complained publicly about “career civil servants” and the Obama administration’s political appointees who remained. Anyone Trump saw as an obstacle to his agenda was referred to collectively as the “Deep State.”


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