Steve Bannon says 'Time's Up' is 'the single most powerful potential political movement in the world'
Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon spoke at The Economist's Open Future festival on Saturday.
During the event, Bannon said he thought the "Time's Up" movement was "the single most powerful potential political movement in the world."
Bannon appeared at the festival less than two weeks after the New Yorker booted him from a similar event, after other speakers threatened to pull out.
President Donald Trump's former chief strategist says he's surprised the #MeToo movement hasn't had more impact on corporate America.
Steve Bannon says he thinks Time's Up is "the single most powerful potential political movement in the world."
Bannon spoke Saturday in New York during an ideas festival sponsored by The Economist. His comments came the same week Les Moonves stepped down as head of CBS Corp. and the network fired "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager. Both men deny sexual misconduct allegations against them.
Protestors outside The Economist festival featuring Steve Bannon. "It's a shameful day for The Economist," they are cheering. pic.twitter.com/OditrGiswl — Davis Richardson (@DavisOliverR) September 15, 2018
Asked about Time's Up, Bannon said: "I'm quite shocked that the #MeToo movement hasn't cut through corporate America with a bigger scythe, because I think there's a lot of potential there."
Time's Up is a movement against sexual harassment that picked up speed last year.
Bannon spoke at the Open Future festival less than two weeks after The New Yorker booted him from its own festival, when other speakers threatened to pull out over Bannon's inclusion.
Despite similar negative feedback, The Economist stood by its decision to host Bannon.
Economist Editor-in-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes said in a letter published Tuesday that they asked many different kinds of people to take part in the event, including those "with whose views we agree and disagree."
"Mr. Bannon stands for a world view that is antithetical to the liberal values The Economist has always espoused," Beddoes wrote.
"We asked him to take part because his populist nationalism is of grave consequence in today's politics," he added. "He helped propel Donald Trump to the White House, and he is advising the populist far-right in several European countries where they are close to power or in government. Worryingly large numbers of people are drawn to nativist nationalism. And Mr. Bannon is one of its chief proponents."
Protesters gathered outside the Economist event on Saturday to show their distaste for Bannon, holding up signs that read "Shame" and "Would you invite Joseph Goebbels to speak?" SEE ALSO: Steve Bannon's message to Trump voters: It doesn't matter if your congressman is a 'RINO' — vote for them, or else Trump gets impeached
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