Rebel Media’s Katie Hopkins 1 Day After Toronto Van Attack: “Everyone Here Looks Like They Came from Africa”
Just one day after the horrific Toronto van attack, Rebel Media contributor took to Twitter to offer her perspective on the matter, framing the video below as “her truth from Toronto where the van attack took place.”
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) April 24, 2018
Hopkins’ “truth”, as she explains in the video, is that “everyone [in Toronto] looks like they came from Africa” and that she is having difficulty finding someone who “actually looks like they come from Canada.”
This in and of itself should raise eyebrows (three guesses what she means by “someone who actually looks like they come from Canada”).
But any reasonable person would have to conclude that by attaching her xenophobic assessment of Toronto’s diversity to the van attack, Hopkins is implicitly connecting the two — at least in the minds of her viewers.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, right-wing Internet sources like Hopkins were quick to amplify those blaming the attack on Muslims or Middle-Eastern immigrants.
Toronto Sun columnist Tarek Fatah immediately labelled the attacker “middle-eastern”:
The Toronto rented van that was driven by a "wide-eyed" "angry" man identified by a witness as a "middle-eastern" man who intentionally ran over pedestrians on the sidewalk plowing through people "with a stroller flying through the air." pic.twitter.com/1t3rh9Ehra
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) April 23, 2018
Former Rebel contributor Faith Goldy echoed this theory:
Media calling suspect depicted here as “white”, eyewitnesses say Middle Eastern (see @NatashaFatah)
God bless Toronto Police! https://t.co/RWJ7zxTyzu
— ☩ Faith J Goldy ☩ 🇨🇦 (@FaithGoldy) April 23, 2018
And to cap it off, the Toronto Sun’s Sue-Ann Levy retweeted Infowars host Paul Joseph Watson’s claim that the attack was the work of a “Jihadist”, and added that Mayor John Tory had “no spine” because he did not repeat this baseless claim.
Yet again proof our mayor has no spine. https://t.co/uIrh2OdfoR
— Sue-Ann Levy (@SueAnnLevy) April 23, 2018
Since then, of course, we have learned that the killer was not Muslim, raised in Canada, and likely steeped in right wing Internet culture.
But Hopkins and The Rebel are never ones to let facts interfere with advancing their right-wing ideology. They will attempt to draw links between newcomers and every violent act committed as part of their toxic campaign to turn public opinion against immigration and diversity.
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