By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Steve Bannon) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
As the saying goes, when you shoot at the king, you best not miss. Recently, political insurrectionist Steve Bannon has turned his fire on his former boss, President Trump. Behind the public war of words, Bannon is taking his coup d’état to the wealthy financiers of Trump's 2016 campaign, trying fund a campaign of his own in 2020, according to the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail reported that Bannon was vying for financial support from Sheldon Adelson, Robert and Rebekah Mercer, Bernie Marcus and Peter Thiel; the deepest pockets in Republican politics. If Bannon succeeds, he will substantially damage Trump's chances in 2020 and have the war chest he needs to wage a Republican civil war.
The Washington Post reports that his effort is off to a rough start, as the Mercers are not on board, frustrated with Bannon’s handling of the Alabama Senate race in December. First Robert, and then Rebekah Mercer controlled a stake in Bannon’s Breitbart News, only to withdraw support as the feud with the White House heated up. If true, Bannon’s insurrection may end with a whimper, not a bang.
UPDATE: Matt Drudge and the Washington Times, however, report that Bannon is even going beyond the big names in Republican politics, looking to Chinese billionaire Miles Kwok. Early reports are that Kwok will replace the Mercers as a funder of Breitbart News, but details are still emerging at this time.