In response to the piece, the Muslim Council of Britain accused Johnson of “pandering to the far right”, while the Labour MP Jess Phillips said she would report Johnson to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Conservative Party chairman, Brandon Lewis, called on Johnson to apologise for his remarks. The Conservative peer Baroness Warsi accused Johnson of indulging in “dog whistle” politics and called for disciplinary action if he did not apologise.
Not that Johnson will be worried
U.S. President Donald Trumpâ€™s former adviser Steve Bannon believes now is the time for Boris Johnson to challenge British Prime Minister Theresa May for her job, that Theresa May has got a lot of great qualities â€“ I am not sure if it is the right leader at the right time,â€� Bannon, Trumpâ€™s former strategist and a key player in his 2016 election campaign, was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying.
Buzzfeed reported that Johnson had been in contact with Steve Bannon, A source who spent time with Bannon during the trip said Bannon was in private contact with Johnson while he was in Britain.
Since leaving the White House, Bannon has campaigned for and otherwise supported various European national populist conservative political movements. These include France’s National Front,Hungary’s Fidesz,Alternative for Germany,[the Sweden Democrats,]the Dutch Party for Freedom,the Italian Northern League, the Freedom Party of Austria, the Swiss People’s Party, the UK Independence Party, the Flemish Vlaams Belang, the Belgian People’s Party, Spainâ€™s Vox, the Finns Party, and the pan-European identitarian movement. Bannon believes that the aforementioned movements â€“ along with Japanâ€™s Shinzo Abe, Indiaâ€™s Narendra Modi, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as Trump.