Jayda Fransen is a leader of the Britain First Party. You retweeted videos she had posted, which depicted Muslim violence and intolerance toward Christians and Europeans.
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned you for sharing those posts on your Twitter account. And as a demonstration that your admirers will not be tolerated in the U.K., her government has been systematically imprisoning and harassing Ms. Fransen and her associate, Paul Golding.
You have since distanced yourself from Jayda Fransen, perhaps as a diplomatic gesture to Theresa May, but what commitment for British freedoms or Western values has she shown in the last 18 months? Through her duplicity, she is doing all she can to sabotage BREXIT, the act of separation from the EU, which was ratified by the British people in a national referendum – and she would sabotage you, if only she could.
Last year, U.S. Ambassador Sam Brownback lobbied on behalf of British journalist Tommy Robinson, who was jailed for accurately reporting on Muslim pedophile gangs in the U.K. Though he is threatened with heavy fines and re-imprisonment, he has since been released, thanks to your intervention. All who support freedom of speech and the press are thankful.
Yet it remains that you did not retweet Tommy Robinson: you retweeted Jayda Fransen. And the U.K. government vengefully oppresses her in retaliation. It is a clear signal that you, your worldview, and your support for Western values will not be tolerated in a once-free nation. But what shall your message be? Shall you help Ms. Fransen, who has admired you, or shall you signal silence?
Mr. Cloutier is author of Mussolini’s War in Spain 1936-1939: Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War.