PUBLISHED: February 14, 2021 at 8:08 p.m. | UPDATED: February 14, 2021 at 9:10 p.m.
“Going forward, we can transform the Republican Party into more of a MAGA movement … just immerse the (Make America Great Again) movement with the Republican Party, and we’re going to have massive victories in the future,” Bannon said in a Lincoln Day Breakfast speech.
During his talk to the West Roxbury Ward 20 Republican Committee on Saturday, the same day Trump was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial, Bannon even floated the idea of Trump becoming speaker of the House in 2022 and impeaching President Biden.
“Trump is a disruptor, but he has a long-term vision because I absolutely believe in the marrow of my bones that he will be our nominee in 2024,” Bannon later added. “He’ll come back to us. We’ll have a sweeping victory in 2022, and he’ll lead us in 2024.”
Bannon, who promoted the unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election and claimed that Trump won, said his strategy is for Trump to run for Congress in 2022 and say he’s running for speaker of the House.
“We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi, and the first act of President Trump as speaker will be to impeach Joe Biden for his illegitimate activities of stealing the presidency,” Bannon said, leading to applause and hollers from the Boston Republicans.
Bannon told the crowd that they “need to confront this radical Biden administration every day.”
Politics should no longer be thought of as Republicans versus Democrats, he stressed during his talk.
“It’s between populists, nationalists, traditionalists versus these kind of globalists, elites, secular radicals,” Bannon said, adding, “This is what I think the future of this movement is … . We’re going to have a big aspect of disaffected Democrats that start to come over.”
Lou Murray, the chair of the West Roxbury Ward 20 Republican Committee, also said that “more traditionally minded Democrats” will leave the party because of the “radicalism” of Biden’s administration.
“I 100% agree with that,” Murray said, later adding, “The Trump brand isn’t over. The MAGA, America First message of Donald Trump is extremely popular, and that message will keep being extremely popular.”
Bannon was among the scores of people who were pardoned at the 11th hour by Trump. The former strategist was one of four charged in an alleged scheme to divert fundraising tied to the southern border wall.
The organizers of the “We Build The Wall” group portrayed themselves as eager to help the president build a “big beautiful” barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, as he promised during the 2016 campaign. They raised more than $25 million from thousands of donors and pledged that 100% of the money would be used for the project.
But according to the criminal charges, much of the money never made it to the wall. Instead, it was allegedly used to line the pockets of group members, including Bannon.