Conservative Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen caused a massive backlash, after attempting to defend insulting comments from his colleague Jacob Rees-Mogg about the Grenfell fire victims.
Rees-Mogg caused a storm earlier today after suggesting that the Grenfell fire victims should have had the “common sense” to flee the burning building.
However, Bridgen did no favours for his Brexiteer buddy while speaking on BBC Radio 4 this afternoon. The Tory MP suggested that the Grenfell residents were too stupid to follow their common sense, so they instead decided to defer to the authority of the fire brigade.
In contrast, Bridgen claimed, Rees-Mogg is a “leader” who “would have made a better decision”.
And when it was put to Bridgen that he’s suggesting Rees-Mogg is smarter than those who died, he said: “We want very clever people running the country don’t we?”
Needless to say, Bridgen has been widely panned for these stomach-churning remarks, with Labour MP David Lammy saying they show “gross superiority”.
If the Tories wanted to knock down accusations that they don’t care about ordinary people, they’re not doing a great job.
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