You know Donald Trump is way off track with his nativist noise when even Marine Le Pen, the head of the National (FN) of France, which has been in the forefront of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe for decades, says he’s going too far.
Mr. Trump on Monday evoked comparisons to Ms. Le Pen and her European counterparts with his call to close American borders to all Muslims “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
Ms. Le Pen said that was too much for her, perhaps in part because she feared jeopardizing the progress she had made in shedding her party’s previous image as racist and anti-Semitic.
“Seriously, have you ever heard me say something like that?” she asked on Thursday when questioned about Mr. Trump’s comments during a television interview. “I defend all the French people in France, regardless of their origin, regardless of their religion.”
And now the French voters think Ms. Le Pen is a little too much for them. In elections over the weekend, the National Front came in third.
France’s far-right National Front (FN) has failed to win a single region in the second round of municipal polls.
The party was beaten into third place, despite leading in six of 13 regions in the first round of voting a week ago.
The centre-right Republicans finished ahead of President Francois Hollande’s governing Socialist Party.
FN leader Marine Le Pen said that mainstream parties had colluded to keep it from power and vowed to keep on fighting.
“Nothing can stop us now,” she told supporters. “By tripling our number of councillors, we will be the main opposition force in most of the regions of France.”
Ms Le Pen said the party had been “disenfranchised in the most indecent of ways by a campaign of lies and disinformation”.
They dodged that bullet. Can we? Ted Cruz is just as odious as Donald Trump, and he stands to win in Iowa.
HT to CLW.