By Jacob Jaffa |
Carl Benjamin, better known by his YouTube name ‘Sargon of Akkad’, has been announced by UKIP as a candidate for the South West in the upcoming European elections.
Benjamin, 39, gained notoriety in 2016 for being banned from Twitter, after sending a tweet to Labour MP Jess Phillips that read “I wouldn’t even rape you”.
This resulted in a stream of threats and misogynistic abuse aimed at the Birmingham Yardley MP by the Swindon YouTuber’s supporters.
He met with controversy again in February 2018 for using a derogatory racial slur in a YouTube live stream, accusing other users of the social media platform of “acting like a bunch of n*****s”.
The announcement has contributed to existing speculation that UKIP is becoming a party of the far-right…
Speaking to the Anchor on Monday, UKIP’s press officer, Kris Hicks, stated that “while UKIP does not endorse the language used by Mr Benjamin in the past, we recognise that he is a classical liberal and an opponent of political correctness and censorship”.
The announcement of Benjamin as a candidate has contributed to existing speculation that UKIP is becoming a party of the far-right under new leader Gerard Batten.
During Batten’s premiership, the party has increasingly associated itself with alt/far-right figures, even appointing the proto-fascist Tommy Robinson as an official adviser.
The UKIP leader dismissed Benjamin’s tweet to Jess Phillips as “satire” in an interview with Andrew Marr on Sunday, prompting three currently sitting UKIP MEPs to defect to former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.
Farage has stated that he believes that, since his departure, a “lurch towards extremism” has “destroyed” his former party.
This news comes as Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stated that leaving the EU before the European Elections in late May was still the government’s “absolute priority”.