Marine Le Pen, the leader of the right-wing French political party National Front, praised Donald Trump on Wednesday and said that “for France, anything is better than Hillary Clinton.”
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Hala Gorani, Le Pen compared herself to Trump, observing that both of them have waged iconoclastic campaigns against their country’s political “establishment.”
“We are similar because we are not part of the establishment, we are not part of the system, and we do not depend on anybody and we don’t take orders from anyone,” she said.
Le Pen also went after Clinton, saying the former secretary of state would bring “war,” “devastation” and “instability” as president.
“For France, anything is better than Hillary Clinton. Anything but Hillary Clinton. Because I think Hillary Clinton means war. Hillary Clinton means devastation. It means world instability.”
Last week Le Pen’s father, the recently ousted founder of her party who has been convicted multiple times for inciting racial hatred and denying the Holocaust, announced that he was launching a new even more extreme party to field candidates against the National Front.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: The National Front is a backer of the anti-gay Manif Pour Tous and supported its numerous, vicious and often violent rallies, as did US hate group leaders Brian Brown and Tony Perkins. Last month its vice president denounced Paris Pride as “exhibitionist and militant.” In 2014 founder Jean-Marie Le Pen “joked” that his critics, who include Madonna, will be in the next “batch” headed for the gas chambers. He has also “joked” that ebola is the “solution” to Europe’s immigration problems. In 2013 Marine Le Pen praised the man who committed suicide at Notre Dame Cathedral in protest of same-sex marriage. In 2014 Jean-Marie Le Pen’s granddaughter, 24 year-old Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, led a massive anti-gay march through the streets of Paris. Also that year the youth leader of the National Front called for France to institute anti-gay laws similar to those in Russia.