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Stephen Bannon called Mike Pence 'an unfortunate necessity' during the 2016 campaign

Stephen Bannon and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos privately bemoaned Donald Trump's pick of Mike Pence as a running mate during the 2016 campaign, BuzzFeed News reports. The emails obtained by BuzzFeed News were, notably, exchanged just weeks before Bannon took over the Trump campaign:

On July 15, 2016, the day the Trump campaign announced that it had selected Pence, Breitbart's former technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos wrote to Bannon and Breitbart editor Alex Marlow.

"Seems like a bad pick. Should I tweet something ambivalent about him? People are telling me Trump likely didn't want this. ... What's our party line on this?"

"This is the price we pay for cruzbots and #nevertrump movement," Bannon responded. "An unfortunate necessity ... very. feel free to do whatever u want. we, as always, will remain above it all." [BuzzFeed News]

Bannon, who has rejoined Breitbart since being ousted from the White House, has since declared "war" on establishment Republicans of the sort that onetime representative and governor Pence might have been. Read the full report at BuzzFeed News.