Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon allegedly described the selection of Vice President Mike Pence for President Trump’s running mate as “an unfortunate necessity” of the presidential election.
Bannon made the remark in a series of emails with Breitbart’s former technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos and editor Alex Marlow the same day it was announced the former Indiana governor would join Trump as his right-hand man on the campaign trail.
“Seems like a bad pick. Should I tweet something ambivalent about him?” Yiannopoulos wrote in the emails obtained by Buzzfeed News. “People are telling me Trump likely didn’t want this…. What is our party line on this?”
Bannon responded: “This is the price we pay for cruzbots and #nevertrump movement. an unforunate necessity. feel free to do whatever u want. we, as always, will remain above it all.”
The ousted editor, who has been candid about being a gay conservative, ultimately responded to the vice presidential pick with a column titled: “Dear Gov. Pence: Please Come to our Big Gay Party for Trump!”
“It’s no secret that Donald Trump is most LGBT-friendly presidential candidate the GOP has ever fielded, and one of the most gay-friendly presidential hopefuls of all time,” the article begins.
“But if, in my capacity as the glittering leading light of the conservative gay movement, I was to give his VP pick a patented Daddy Trump nickname, I might have to call him ‘Wobbly Pence.’”
“I’m cool,” Bannon said in response to the story.
“It’s a little mocking but want to turn the screw,” Yiannopoulos said in emails cited by Buzzfeed.
Trump’s former top aide, who left the White House in August, has since returned to helm Breitbart and recently said his current focus is challenging the Republican establishment during the 2018 midterm elections.
He recently backed Roy Moore during the special primary in Alabama, who in the end defeated Trump’s pick, Sen. Luther Strange.
Bannon explained in a Fox News interview Monday he intends to use a similar strategy to tip other races in his favored direction, saying he has a “coalition coming together that’s going to challenge every Republican incumbent (senator) except for Ted Cruz.”
He told Sean Hannity: “We are declaring war on the Republican establishment that does not back the agenda that Donald Trump ran on.”