UKIP's woes: Party activist interviews white nationalist – HOPE not hate
New UKIP member and social media figure Mark Meechan (AKA ‘Count Dankula’) has supported the alt-right vlogger Colin Robertson (AKA ‘Millennial Woes’) following his Twitter ban
Meechan, himself a vlogger notorious for teaching a dog to nazi salute in response to the commands “Sieg heil” and “gas the Jews”, streamed his interview with Robertson on his YouTube channel Wednesday last week. Meechan – who has used his channel to encourage others to join UKIP and spoke to applause at their recent party conference – is amongst a coterie of extreme social media personalities recently welcomed into the party.
As HOPE not hate detailed in The Guardian last week, UKIP party leader Gerard Batten has moved the party into undeniably far-right territory, which has caused rifts and walkouts.
In addition to Meechan, other figures accepted into UKIP include fake news conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson, anti-Muslim activist Milo Yiannopoulos – who claimed that Muslim immigrants would bring “lamb chops, yoghurt and gang-rape” to America – and Carl Benjamin (AKA ‘Sargon of Akkad’), known for his highly casual attitude towards hate speech, and who has said “it seems that racism was a causal factor in reducing the crime and poverty in the black community” and that it was “unironically good for the black community in this regard”.
Billed as ‘A Chat on Censorship with Millennial Woes’, Meechan and Robertson’s conversation last week centred around the latter’s ban from Twitter on 28 September. Robertson claims this resulted from a reply he posted in a Twitter discussion that read “the fact is that black men are more prone to committing violent crime than white men”.
The claim that different ethnic or racial groups are more prone to violent crime is a trope with various manifestations that all share a long history in the far right. What they have in common, aside from often relying on a misinterpretation of crime statistics, is that they are used to advance racist views about non-white people being somehow intrinsically violent and criminal.