Trump Retweets Far-Right Figure Katie Hopkins’ Praise Of Extremist Leaders
A far-right political commentator in the United Kingdom received the endorsement of President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, after she tweeted how thrilled she’d be to live in a world with a plethora of extremist leaders.
Katie Hopkins is known for making a number of controversial statements and actions over the years. She once spoke at a conference that featured a speaker who was a Holocaust denier, for example. “I’m on your bench, I’m on your team,” she said at the event, according to reporting from The Mirror.
She also responded to the creation of a Netflix series called “Dear White People” with her own tweet mocking the show’s title, The Independent reported.
“Dear black people,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “If your lives matter why do you stab and shoot each other so much.”
Hopkins was alluding to a far-right myth that black-on-black crime is a supposed feature that’s known exclusively to black communities, when, in fact, it’s not a fair depiction — in truth, white-on-white crime is equally as high, as The Root pointed out.
Her latest commentary came on Wednesday. In a tweet produced in the evening (UK time), Hopkins wrote that she was optimistic she may someday live in a world where so many far-right leaders with views like her own may soon be running governments across the globe.
God-willing / jihadi-failing I am going to be alive to see
Trump in the White House
Boris in Number 10
Netanyahu building Israel
Bolsanaro, Salvini, Orban, Kaczyński, & the Right Minded bringing strength in depth
What a time to be alive
The fightback by proud nations is on
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) July 10, 2019
As reporting from HuffPost pointed out, Hopkins’s tweet praised Trump alongside UK’s possible next PM Boris Johnson; Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel; anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ Brasilian leader Jair Bolsonaro; Matteo Salvini, far-right deputy prime minister of Italy; Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has restricted free speech and other civil liberties for the people of Hungary; and anti-LGBTQ leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Polish politician.
On Thursday morning, apparently thrilled to be set alongside those other controversial leaders, Trump retweeted Hopkins, setting her tweet praising these leaders within his own Twitter timeline for his followers to read as well.