Just inviting French nationalist politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is reason enough to send certain Establishment Republicans into full freak-out mode.
To make things even weirder regarding the anti-Le Pen voices, she’s only slated to speak for a whopping 10 minutes.
As it turns out, Le Pen just so happens to be one of the leading figures of the highly patriotic French political party National Front, the mainstream (aka: Leftist) media views this particular party through the lens of definitely anti-globalist.
To paraphrase from our president: Make France Great Again.
One of the more liberal publications, Newsweek, is a prime example of both the Le Pen-haters as well as those none-too chummy with the National Front.
As the magazine that’s now as thin as a doctor’s office waiting room pamphlet, Newsweek uses such colorful descriptive phrases such as “far-right” and “anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant”, well… you get the picture.
While the comely Le Pen is surely use to Leftie media body slamming her and her party, she may not be use to alleged conservatives dogpiling against her.
As Breitbart London is reporting;
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp was slammed by establishment figures Monday evening after the announcement that Ms. Le Pen would be giving a brief speech at CPAC on Thursday morning.
Schlapp defended the invitation against several media personalities like never-Trumper and senior editor of National Review Jonah Goldberg who accused Ms. Le Pen of being a “statist”.
And that’s where the Le Pen-haters really got weird.
Marion Le Pen is not a conservative, she is a national. socialist. A French national socialist.
She supports tax hikes like Bernie Sanders, big government like Elizabeth Warren.
There is NOTHING Conservative about her. @mschlapp
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2018
While the patriotic sounding Reagan Battalion accused Le Pen of wanting to tax and spend along the lines of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Breitbart sets the record straight;
Ms. Le Pen endorsed the tax plan of her aunt last year during the presidential campaign. That plan sought to lower income taxes by 10 per cent in the first three tax brackets and wanted to reinstate a tax exemption for overtime work that was repealed in 2012.
And the Reagan Battalion also has some highly questionable roots. As cited by The Daily Dot, the group backed the Never Trumper presidential candidate Evan McMullin;
A quick run back through the group’s posting history reveals that it backed Evan McMullin for president during last year’s election.
McMullin was a former CIA operations officer turned investment banker who ran as an independent presidential candidate in the 2016 election. He was an opponent of President Donald Trump, a voice in what became known as the #NeverTrump movement—a trend, rather than a cohesive or clearly organized initiative.
More revelatory, perhaps, the only contact information on the Reagan Battalion Facebook page is a link back to a now defunct website for the Stop Donald Trump PAC [now a porno site]. However, the “Stop Donald Trump PAC” never existed in any official capacity, according to a search of Federal Election Commission records.
An archived donation page, which appears to be exactly the same as a hidden donation page on the current Reagan Battalion website, suggests that the site was managed and paid for by an official PAC registered with the FEC under Stop Trump PAC.
Both the website for the Stop Trump PAC and its Twitter account have since been shut down.
Then we come to another tweet shot out by Josh Billinson, “the editor of the Independent Journal Review, which was founded by the former digital director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Alex Skatell…”
Marion Le Pen, a member of a French political party founded by Nazi collaborators, is speaking at CPAC on Thursday. Last year, Marion’s aunt Marine Le Pen denied the French role in the Vel d’Hiv roundup of French Jews for deportation. pic.twitter.com/RDDZx8rCNh
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 19, 2018
Yet again, Breitbart sets the record straight;
Billinson evoked a controversial statement from Marine Le Pen last year who claimed that the Vichy government was responsible for the round-up of Jews at Vél ‘d’Hiv in 1942. She added that the Vichy government was not the government of France at the time, citing a 1944 declaration by General Charles de Gaulle who declared the Vichy regime illegal and illegitimate.