Speaking in France this week, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told attendees of the far-right National Front conference that they should wear their political adversaries’ labels as a “badge of honor.”
According to CNN, former Breitbart executive claimed the reason political adversaries used such terms is because they “can’t answer the basic questions that you put in front of them.”
Bannon, who was ousted from both the Trump administration and the conservative media outlet, went on to explain his theory behind the criticism.
“You argue for sovereignty and they call you a nativist,” he said. “You argue for your freedom and they call you a xenophobe. You argue for your country and they call you a racist. But the days of that smear are over.”
Bannon insisted his ideological counterparts in France should alter their reaction to being labeled intolerant.
“Let them call you racist, let them call you xenophobe, let them call you nativist,” he said. “Wear it as a badge of honor.”
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