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Steve Bannon will reportedly speak at the Citadel Republican Society's annual fundraising dinner next month
In a talk radio interview today, GOP candidate for governor Catherine Templeton dismissed criticism over news ex-Trump advisor Steve Bannon will speak at a Citadel Republican group's annual fundraising dinner, calling the Breitbart executive "the voice of the rest of us."
Talking to WTMA's Charlie James this morning (direct link
), Templeton was effusive about Bannon, who she met during a cabinet vetting meeting with then-president elect Donald Trump and top administration officials, including Bannon, who she called "brilliant" more than once, praising him as a "higher-level thinker."
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The Citadel Republican Society's move to invite Bannon to its November 10 dinner drew immediate rebuke from the local Democratic Party chairman Brady Quirk-Garvan last week, calling Bannon a "racist bigot" not welcome in South Carolina. Bannon was fired as chief Trump strategist over the summer, but is credited as the "driving force behind Trump's 'nationalist' ideology
Templeton laughed when James asked her about objections to Bannon, saying, "I think it's ridiculous that they're upset." In quotes supplied to FitsNews.com
after the interview with the conservative radio host, Templeton called it "hypocritical for liberals to scream about inclusion while only including people who agree with them."
During the interview, Templeton said it's "truly unreasonable" to tie Bannon to "every word on Breitbart," the website he ran which became a brash, provocative sounding board for the alt-right and anti-Obama sentiment ahead of the 2016 election. Weeks after an avowed racist obsessed with the Confederate flag killed nine in Emanuel AME Church, Breitbart published an ode to the rebel flag, saying it "proclaims a glorious heritage."
Apart from the words on Breitbart, Bannon's own words echo the same conspiratorial tone
Trump and his campaign espoused, casting doubt over Russian collusion, Barack Obama's birth certificate, the Catholic Church, and more. And Bannon's aversion to political correctness often manifests itself as disparaging, crude, provocative language about whoever's crossed him last, reportedly calling Sean Spicer 'fat,'
Hillary Clinton a "fucking bull dyke,"
feminists in general as "dykes," etc.
The race to win the South Carolina Republican Party's gubernatorial primary has sent Templeton, incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster, and Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant each scattering to stake out their positions to secure support from loyal Republican voters. Over the past few months, Templeton, who has never been elected to office but who served as an agency director for two different agencies under Nikki Haley, has taken steps to discredit S.C. politicians, positioning herself as an outsider taking on the system.
Listen to the full interview, which begins at the 47:30 mark: