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Steve Bannon Urges Donald Trump to 'Turn the Guns' on Joe Biden

•, By Natalie Venegas

Trump and Biden have clinched nominations of the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively amid this year's presidential election, but a rematch of 2020 is unpopular with voters who routinely tell pollsters that they believe neither should get a second term. Meanwhile, hypothetical general election matchups have generally shown the two in a neck-and-neck race.

Bannon, Trump's former White House chief strategist who was convicted in 2022 of two counts of contempt of Congress for dismissing a subpoena to testify before the House select committee that was tasked with investigating the events of the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot, spoke to The Sun's political editor Harry Cole on the British tabloid's Never Mind the Ballots politics show on Thursday.

During the interview, Bannon discussed the 2024 election and Trump's reelection efforts as he campaigns amid his hush money trial, adding that the former president needs to "turn the guns" on Biden instead of focusing on Merchan.

"We're in a very tough part of this campaign right now and President Trump has got to focus, continue to focus that his opponent is Joe Biden. His opponent is not the judge in the court. When he's out of the courtroom he needs to turn the guns on, back on to Biden. I think if we do this and you do it smartly this could be a net positive for the campaign," Bannon said.

Earlier this month, Trump became the first former president in U.S. history to stand trial in a criminal case. Following an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office, Trump was indicted in March 2023 on charges of falsifying business records relating to hush-money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign. Daniels had alleged she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which he has denied. The former president has pleaded not guilty to all charges and said the case against him is politically motivated.