Hard-right former Trump aide Steve Bannon has been interviewed a number of times this weekend by friendly faces such as his old pal Nigel Farage. But his composure cracked when he faced even the modest challenge of being ‘called out’ for supporting far-right law-breaker Stephen Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson).
Off-air – but not ‘off the record’ – Bannon burst into an expletive-laden rant at LBC political editor Theo Usherwood:
Lennon’s supporters have demonstrated their vileness this weekend, with one group forcing a bus to stop so they could hurl abuse at its Muslim woman driver until police intervened and marchers waving an inflatable sex doll bearing the face of London’s Muslim mayor riding a pig.
Another supporter was filmed abusing a female Al Jazeera reporter:
My interaction with a Tommy Robinson supporter today… pic.twitter.com/7QU5j5Uagx
— Sonia Gallego (@SoniaGallegoAJE) July 14, 2018
Bannon’s old protégé Donald Trump has just been welcomed with open arms by the craven Tories, while hundreds of thousands of people marched and demonstrated in protest. But at least the Tories can plead that he’s a head of state. But Bannon?
Lennon/Robinson as the backbone of this country is a joke – and a sick one. We’re stuck with him, but why is Bannon allowed free entry to this country when he supports those who foster hate and ignorance?
Bannon’s nature showed in his outburst today, but UK readers would do well to remember that urbane Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg recently met the American. The Tory’s manners may be better, but clearly there is an affinity.
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