The red carpet continues to be rolled out for Nigel Farage in all the wrong places.
Steve Bannon, former director of disgraced tech firm Cambridge Analytica and Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, hosted a dinner on Wednesday evening to celebrate the Brexit Party leader – alongside a host of far-right figures.
The dinner was designed “to bring together the great economic nationalist voices from around the world” and to “honour Nigel Farage for the Brexit achievement,” Bannon said.
One attendee to the dinner was Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of the far-right president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro. The former has defended gay conversion therapy and said that gay marriage is comparable to people marrying their dogs. Other esteemed guests included Jerome Riviere, a senior politician in Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party and Eduardo Verastegui, an anti-abortion Mexican actor.
Raheem Kassam, Farager’s former adviser and former editor of far-right news website Breitbart, also broke bread with Bannon at the dinner. Kassam wrote a book about why Enoch Powell was “right” and has called Islam a “fascistic ideology”.
Since our departure from the European Union, Farage has used his newfound independence to run into the lap of another superpower – the USA. Today, Farage will speak at the controversial Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), alongside Donald Trump, Mike Pence and a range of other alt-wing figures.
And this is not the first time Bannon has tried his hand at building an alliance of “nationalist” leaders.
In 2019, Bannon launched a group called The Movement to spread populist ideas in the European Parliament. The group has attracted support from Viktor Orban, Matteo Salvini, among others including Bolsonaro.
The “father” of Brexit is happy to associate himself with the far-right. In fact, he considers them to be some of his closest political allies. Let that sink in for a minute.
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