Former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon told FNC's Maria Bartiromo in an interview on "Sunday Morning Futures" that he doesn't think any of the declared Democratic candidates have the ability to beat President Trump in the 2020 election. Bannon suggests that Democrats may have to recruit Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, or Michael Bloomberg to stop Trump from being re-elected.
STEVE BANNON: I said this last week, Maria, I don't see anybody on that stage right now that can take President Trump one on one. I pride myself, he's called me his star pupil, his top pupil, I've been studying this thoroughly and I don't care what the polls say on Biden. Joe Biden is not going to be able to stand up to Donald Trump. He's weak on China, you've seen what he's said the last couple of days. If the Democratic Party thinks that Joe Biden is going to be able to go one-on-one with Donald Trump in the general election campaign they've got another thing coming. He will run the tables on Biden.
Now the second-tier candidates or the other candidates, like Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren -- I just haven't seen it on that stage and I certainly haven't seen it in Iowa, where I think they are taking a very unsophisticated approach to China. I just haven't seen it.
I don't believe, and I say this, I'm not so sure that his opponent has even declared yet. I think you got to watch guys like Hillary Clinton, Bloomberg, Michelle Obama, a whole raft of potential that they should look at very closely. Because the Democrats' number one focus is to defeat Donald Trump, so I'm not so sure there's a candidate up there right now, certainly, nobody on that stage takes on Trump one on one.
MARIA BARTIROMO: So you think Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton or Michael Bloomberg can still come into this race?
BANNON: Oh, I think there's going to be ample opportunity to come into this race later in November, December, even when the primary starts. Maybe a candidate can't win the primary season but they can take it into the convention. Look, the Democrats are going to be very focused on one thing. This is why Tom Steyer jumped in so late two weeks ago. The Democrats are focused on defeating Donald Trump. They realize, unlike the Republican establishment, he's an historic figure and a transformative president. They want to, just like in 2018, they are totally focused like on the House of Representatives, they are focused on defeating Trump. That's where they want to go and I've got to tell you, in the primary season, I think there's a number of potential Democratic candidates still out there that could join this race.