Protesters de­lay de­bate in­volv­ing Ban­non

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

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.

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