Protesters delay debate involving Bannon
TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian crowd laughed derisively at former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Friday and police made 12 arrests as protesters delayed the start of a controversial debate featuring Bannon and conservative commentator David Frum.
Toronto Police tweeted 12 people face various charges and two officers suffered minor injuries, one was hit with a stick and another was punched in the face. The debate was delayed for about a half hour and Bannon was interrupted by a protester during his opening statement.
Many in the crowd of 2,700 at the Munk debate groaned and laughed at Bannon when he said he hasn’t seen a bad decision by President Donald Trump yet.
When Bannon earlier called it a very tough crowd, one audience member responded “No, smart.”
“Trump’s economic nationalism doesn’t care about your race, your ethnicity or color,” Bannon said to a jeering crowd at another point.
The protester that interrupted the debate unfurled a banner that read “No Hate. No Bigoty. No Place for Bannon’s White Supremacy.”
When one audience member loudly clapped for Bannon, he quipped “Thanks Mom.”
Last month New Yorker Editor David Remnick withdrew an invitation for Bannon to speak at the magazine’s festival this month after facing widespread criticism.