A heckler who asked Jeremy Corbyn if the UK’s prime minister should be a “terrorist sympathiser” was himself linked to racist and homophobic comments on Twitter.
People like Church of Scotland minister Reverend Richard Cameron do excellent work in clearing the air of these poisonous, false suggestions by being highly questionable themselves.
Here’s the incident, caught on video:
"Do you think the man that's going to be prime minister of this country should be a terrorist sympathiser, Mr Corbyn?"
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is heckled on a visit to Glasgow
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) November 13, 2019
The reference to an “Islamic jihadi” scarf was insensitive, as Mr Corbyn was wearing a scarf gifted to him by care charity Who Cares? Scotland, and had been explaining what it meant to him when Mr Cameron interrupted:
Whilst out on the campaign trail, @jeremycorbyn has been wearing a scarf that we gave to him.
Whilst he was explaining what it meant to him today, someone interrupted and took the focus away from Care Experienced people.
Comment from our CEO, Duncan Dunlop, on today's events: pic.twitter.com/zULizyqaSR
— Who Cares? Scotland (@whocaresscot) November 13, 2019
He went on to ask, “Are you invited to the funeral?” – believed to be a reference to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was recently killed by US forces. The radio station LBC has also tried to kick up a stink about this, but has been accused of misleading the public (more about this in another post).
Then he asked whether Mr Corbyn thought the UK’s prime minister should be a terrorist sympathiser, and “Who’s going to be the first terrorist invited to the House of Commons when you’re prime minister?”
Of course we know that Mr Corbyn doesn’t sympathise with terrorists; any such accusations have been proved unfounded.
But Mr Cameron’s own Twitter account makes very clear indications of his own sympathies.
Consider this tweet:
Some of his tweets seem to have disappeared from his timeline but Indy100 has kindly supplied examples to the world. This one shows support for Boris Johnson’s brand of Islamophobia:
And here’s one that suggests he is homophobic as well:
Finally, it seems Mr Cameron is also anti-Semitic, which tends to scuttle claims that Jeremy Corbyn is of the same persuasion:
I note Richard Cameron has been frothing in my mentions for years. Always nice to put a face to these obsessive trolls, isn't it? pic.twitter.com/mLDLAeglWe
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) November 13, 2019
What a charmer.
When people with such obvious prejudices attack a politician like Mr Corbyn, they make it clear that it is their opinions that are at fault – not his.
Mr Corbyn walked away, showing he wants nothing to do with people like this.
I’m with him – wouldn’t you be?
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