Former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon informed members of France’s far-right political get together Saturday that “the tide of history is with us, and it will compel us to victory after victory after victory.”
Bannon — who was once President Trump’s chief political strategist — made the remarks at the anti-immigrant National Front congress in Lille.
Nationalism is “part of a worldwide movement that is bigger than France, bigger than Italy, bigger than Hungary, bigger than all of it.”
“It is not about left versus right,” Bannon stated, quoting National Front standard-bearer Marine Le Pen, who was defeated within the French presidential race last year by Emmanuel Macron.
“She described it perfectly,” Bannon stated. “Do you consider the nation state an obstacle to be overcome, or a jewel to be polished, loved and nurtured?”
“Our populist nationalist movement in the US is maybe 10 or 15 years old,” he stated. “We are here to learn from you.”
Le Pen will speak to the gathering Sunday. She is anticipated to push to alter the party’s identify. A reputation change worked for by Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League, which modified its name to “League” and finished strongly in elections final week.
Bannon, who referred to League leader Matteo Salvini as “Brother Salvini” throughout his speech, is touring Europe.
He gave the same address Tuesday in Zurich, Switzerland, saying that the rise of populist parties was a positive improvement.
Ahead of his appearance in France, the leader of Macron’s party called Bannon the “king of fake news and of white supremacists.”
Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, advised National Front members to stand proud in the face of such insults.
“Let them call you racists, let them call you xenophobes, let them call you nativists,” he proclaimed. “Wear it as a badge of honor, because every day we get stronger and they get weaker.”