The first 100 days of President Trump’s second term will be the equivalent of the first 100 days of FDR [Franklin Delano Roosevelt],” Bannon stated
Washington, D.C., January 18, 2024
In an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times, Steve Bannon, the host of the "War Room" podcast and a key figure in the Trump administration, shared his vision for the beginning of former President Donald Trump's potential second term later this year. Bannon likened the initial phase to the ambitious first 100 days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but with a starkly different goal – the deconstruction and destruction of what he referred to as the "deep state."
“The first 100 days of President Trump’s second term will be the equivalent of the first 100 days of FDR [Franklin Delano Roosevelt],” Bannon stated. He went on to explain that FDR, during his first hundred days, laid the foundations for building the administrative state – the deep state. In contrast, Bannon envisions the first 100 days of Trump's second term as the beginning of the deconstruction of the deep state, accompanied by the introduction of numerous policy proposals.
Bannon acknowledged the challenges faced during the initial 100 days of Trump's first term, attributing some of the difficulties to a lack of a "deep bench" of individuals aligned with the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement, who understood policy or had prior government experience.
Looking ahead to 2024, Bannon expressed optimism about the institutional presence of MAGA in Washington, emphasizing the efforts of groups like the Heritage Foundation. He pointed to Johnny McEntee, a young Trump insider now associated with the Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025. Although officially unaffiliated with any candidate, Project 2025 is seen by many as a blueprint for the potential second Trump White House. It envisions a stronger executive and weakened executive branch bureaucracies.
Bannon described the ongoing organizational work as a "LinkedIn of MAGA," emphasizing the development and networking of individuals aligned with the MAGA principles. The strategic efforts by groups like Heritage are gradually shaping a foundation for the movement's sustained influence in the nation's capital.
As speculation continues about Trump's potential return to the presidency, Bannon's insights provide a glimpse into the ambitious plans for the initial phase of a second Trump term, emphasizing a commitment to challenging the existing bureaucratic structures and pushing forward a MAGA-inspired policy agenda.