Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Bannon: 'Let them call you racists'

National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses a rally last month                  REUTERS  Pascal Rossignol National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses a rally last month REUTERS Pascal Rossignol
Lisa Bryan | 11 March, 2018, 01:44

"Let them call you racist".

Bannon told the National Front crowd that he had learned from traveling the world that "history is on our side" and that "the globalists have no answers to freedom".

The surprise address took place on the first day of the party congress in Lille, in northern France. "The people are waking up and taking their destiny in hand", Aliot tweeted.

He also said that Mr Bannon "represents rejections of the establishment of which one of the worst symbols is Brussels's European Union".

Bannon, a senior advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, attended the party congress of France's far-right National Front in the French city of Lille, where he also met with the political party's leader, Marine Le Pen.

Politically isolated in the United States, Bannon has embarked on a whirlwind tour of Europe, seeking to lead, in his words, the "global populist movement". The former Goldman Sachs investment banker, who was ousted from the White House a year ago and stepped down as chairman of Breitbart News Network in January, has visited Switzerland - he gave his first European speech in Zurich earlier in the week - and Italy, where voters last Sunday elected a parliament dominated by anti-immigrant populists. The anti-establishment former head of Breitbart News has repeatedly expressed support for Europe's far right movements.

National Front leader Marine Le Pen is working to unite her divided party and bolster her ability to lead it as the party meets for the first time since she lost resoundingly to Emmanuel Macron in the final round of the French presidential election last May.


Steve Bannon gives a press conference during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress, March 10, 2018 at the Grand Palais in Lille, France.

"You recall the evening of the American election, the traditional medias were shocked". "Wear it as a badge of honor", he declared.

Bannon argued that Trump's policies are addressing the economic struggles seen by minority populations in the US, claiming that it took "someone like Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE, that they run down as a racist every day, to solve the problem of the black and Hispanic working class". The move is created to skirt a court's ruling that the title allowed Jean-Marie Le Pen access to high-level party events - even if he was legally removed from membership rolls.

"The National Front has become adult. its nature has changed".

The high point of the weekend event will come Sunday when Le Pen will announce a proposed new name for the party, turning a page on the anti-Semitic, openly racist Front of her former paratrooper dad.

Bannon said he agreed with Le Pen's expressed belief that "it is not about left versus right".

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