LONDON — Republican strategist Steve Bannon has weighed into Britain’s burqa debate, defending former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s comments that women who wear face-covering veils look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.”
The former aide to President Donald Trump tells London’s Sunday Times in an interview that Johnson had “nothing to apologize for” and should not “bow at the altar of political correctness.” He said Johnson’s underlying message was that veils shouldn’t be banned and said populist voters could “separate the signal from the noise.”
Johnson quit Britain’s Conservative government last month in a dispute over the country’s departure from the European Union. He has been criticized by Muslim groups and politicians including Prime
Minister Theresa May, who urged Johnson to apologize.
Johnson’s representatives have said he won’t apologize.