Steve Bannon weighs in on UK burqa debate, Boris Johnson
LONDON – Republican strategist Steve Bannon weighed into British politics Sunday in a wide-ranging interview by which he defended former International Secretary Boris Johnson’s feedback about Muslim face veils and praised a arguable British far-right chief.
The previous aide to President Donald Trump mentioned Johnson had “not anything to ask for forgiveness for” and will have to now not “bow on the altar of political correctness” after he was once criticized for pronouncing ladies who put on burqas appear to be “letterboxes” and “financial institution robbers.”
Johnson made the feedback in a newspaper column that argued in opposition to banning full-face veils, as Denmark has carried out.
“Excuse me, did not he in reality make stronger the dressed in of the veil?” Bannon informed the Sunday Instances. “His whole argument revolves round now not in need of to prohibit the burqa, however arguing that he has the same opinion that it is an oppressive garment and that there’s no scriptural foundation for it within the Quran, which is correct. I feel the substance were given misplaced on account of his throwaway line.”
Johnson has been criticized by way of Muslim teams and politicians, together with Top Minister Theresa Might, who prompt Johnson to ask for forgiveness. Johnson’s representatives have mentioned he may not ask for forgiveness.
“The hysterical mainstream media can by no means separate the ‘sign from the noise’— thankfully, the populists can,” Bannon mentioned.
Bannon has mentioned he needs to ascertain a Europe-wide motion uniting populist and nationalist citizens within the Ecu elections subsequent yr. He has mentioned he plans to spend 70 % of his time in Europe following the November midterm election in the US.
Johnson, a former mayor of London, is one among Britain’s best-known politicians and is steadily cited as a possible candidate for high minister. He hand over Might’s Conservative govt ultimate month in a dispute over the rustic’s departure from the Ecu Union, accusing the high minister of killing “the Brexit dream” with plans to proceed shut financial ties with the EU after the U.Ok. leaves the bloc in March.
Bannon prompt that Johnson needn’t reproduction Trump to achieve success.
“Boris simply must be Boris — true to his nature and his calling — and I feel he has attainable to be an excellent high minister, now not a just right one,” he mentioned.
Bannon additionally praised any other arguable U.Ok. determine — Tommy Robinson, founding father of the now-defunct English Defence League. He when put next Robinson to rapper Kanye West, describing him as a emerging megastar and a “drive of nature.”
Robinson, 35, whose actual identify is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is a self-styled commentator who has given Britain’s far-right media the verve it has lacked. His YouTube channel has accrued greater than 6 million perspectives, together with movies purporting to turn him preventing migrants in Italy and being attacked by way of masked males outdoor a McDonald’s eating place in London.
He was once lately free of jail after an appeals court docket threw out his conviction for contempt of court docket and ordered a retrial. The case stems from allegations that Robinson used social media to broadcast main points of an ordeal that was once matter to blanket reporting restrictions.
His supporters mentioned he was once jailed on account of his far-right political affairs.
“Tommy is not only a man however a motion,” Bannon mentioned. “He represents the operating magnificence and channels a large number of the disappointment of on a regular basis, blue-collar Britons … He’s a drive of nature — like Kanye (West) — now not constructed to be controlled.”