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Tommy Robinson, Alt-Right antiMuslim Propaganda, and the Portland Terror Attack

1 Jun

[Published 31 May 2017]

In recent days, Jeremy Christian has been charged with the murder of two individuals and the serious wounding of a third, who came to the aid of two young Muslim women on a train in Portland, Oregon, who were being subjected to “aggressive Islamophobic verbal abuse” by Christian. 

The three victims have been called heroes and Christian has rightly been labelled a terrorist by witnesses and the public in general.

Within eight hours of a campaign to raise money for the families of the three victims, Muslim communities had raised over 100,000 dollars, a figure that now stands in excess half a million.

At his arraignment, Christian, who is now known to be White supremacist, justified his attack on the two women and the strangers who came to their aid, by shouting in the courtroom that he was acting out his first amendment rights.

In defiance of the court and public outrage of his callous act of murder, Christian was heard calling out: “free speech or die”, “death to the enemies of America”, proclaiming what he did was an act of patriotism.

On learning of the incident, former leader of the far right group EDL and Pegida, alt-right mouthpiece and all-round antiMuslim thug, Tommy Robinson, aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was quick to blame Muslims for the Portland terrorist attack.

He tweeted the following remark on the 27 May 2017:

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Robinson deleted the tweet several hours later; but only after realising, or being informed that the terrorist in this instance, Jeremy Christian, is a White supremacist. Presumably, the narrative had changed beyond his control to milk it in the way in which he would have wished.

In another, either failure to grasp the facts of the matter or complete misinterpretation of a news event that did not quite fit his narrative to easily exploit and to further his rhetoric of the ‘Islamification of the West’, Robinson posted a link to a newsflash of a train in High Wycombe, UK, being evacuated by police.

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As it turns out, Robinson was also wrong about this incident; and so, presumably again, wilfully or ignorantly, posted something about nothing in order to further stir up fear and resentment against Muslims by his followers and those gullible to believe in everything he posts as being fact.

This is in the same week as Robinson being convicted of contempt of court and given a suspended 3-month sentence, as well as claiming that we are at war and calling for the mass deportation and incarceration of Muslims, following the Manchester attack, carried out by Salman Abedi.

In a further effort to create divide and stir up hatred toward British Muslims, Robinson also posted an image of Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, holding a copy of the Qur’an purportedly taken immediately after the Manchester attack. In fact, the image of CC Hopkins was taken almost a year ago. Robinson was corrected, but chose to throw insults instead of retract or apologise.

All the while, the likes of the counter-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation, who have previously sponsored Robinson and received government funding to work with and re-educate him, still hold the view that Robinson is neither a danger to Muslims nor an extremist.

Robinson also blamed the terrorist attack in Dortmund on fanatical Muslims, when, in fact, the attack was carried out by members of a far right group.

A journalist posting such inflammatory accuracies and propaganda – as Robinson clearly does quite regularly – would be challenged without question. Robinson, however, appears to lack any integrity and has neither retracted nor apologised for doing so. Neither has he condemned Jeremy Christian.

If Robinson wishes to wipe the slate clean and cast off the label of being an extremist himself; or at least an apologist for White supremacy, he needs to cease door-stepping individuals who call him out as such in order to intimidate them; stop posting false and inaccurate news to inflame; and start being pro-active by engaging in constructive debate and actions with those he views as enemies of Western, Liberal ideology.

Until then, Tommy, you will remain an extremist in many people’s eyes. That, or an apologist and a racist thug, at best.

Author: Jason Schumann

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