Former President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon demanded people have more "Judeo-Christian" babies so these children could be "trained" in order to "save civilization."
Bannon made the remarks after Real America's Voice correspondent Ben Harnwell claimed "militant secularization" is responsible for an ongoing "fertility crisis" in France.
You can hear what Bannon said in the video below.
Noting French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel do not have children, Bannon offered his solution to Harnwell's complaint:
"Hey, if you want to save the Judeo-Christian west, if you want to save civilization, start by having babies. Simple. Stat there. We'll train them up. We'll get it done but let's start by having babies."
Bannon's remarks appear to be a reference to a report earlier this year from French state-owned international news television network France24, which noted the number of babies born in France in January "fell by 13 percent, the biggest drop in 45 years," a development researchers have linked, at least in part, to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
That's a significant turnabout from 2015, when a United Nations policy brief noted "France's total fertility rate (TFR) stabilized in the mid-1970s and has remained consistently at around 1.8–2.0 children per women ever since."
However, birth rates in France have declined for some time now, a fact The Economist reported on as early as 2018.
Bannon has for years embraced the White nationalist movement in the United States while pushing replacement theory, a conspiracy theory that states White European populations and their descendants are being demographically and culturally replaced with non-European peoples.
Indeed, Bannon has been accused of having a "Nazi problem" in the past, and his comments bring to mind the Lebensborn program, the Nazi Party's plan to increase Germany's declining birthrate of Aryan children by people classified as "racially pure" and "healthy" based on Nazi racial hygiene and health ideology.
His latest remarks have been widely condemned, with many pointing out they are further evidence of his White supremacist views.
Bannon's remarks come amid significant legal trouble.
Bannon was recently charged with contempt of Congess for refusing to cooperate with a House investigation into the January 6 insurrection, a fact he has claimed is evidence of a smear plot against him.
The House Select Committee believes Bannon has useful information crucial to the investigation, in particular relating to his involvement in a meeting with Trump allies at a Washington hotel the evening before the attack.
Prosecutors have criticized Bannon, saying he is trying to make his case a trial by media “rather than in court.”
The prosecution’s comments came after Bannon’s defense requested the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office unseal all evidence in the case, including grand jury testimony.