A journalist working for the Telegraph has asked her Twitter followers to consider if they would kill UKIP leader Nigel Farage, comparing him to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Update: A Telegraph spokesman told Breitbart London in a statement:
“The tweets were wholly inappropriate and offensive. Once we became aware of them, we instructed the member of staff to remove them immediately from her personal feed.”
“You know that time travel conundrum: would you kill baby Hitler? Same but Nigel Farage”, last week wrote Catherine Gee, who claims to have been “writing about culture for the Telegraph since 2007”, and has also written for the Guardian, Western Mail and Clash.
She is from Lancaster, but is currently living in North London, and appears to have supported the campaign for the UK to Remain within the European Union. She is followed by several prominent ‘Remain’ campaigners, including Sir Richard Branson.
“Sell him to an African family as a baby. That would be beautiful”, she added minutes later.
David Coburn, UKIP’s MEP for Scotland, asked if she had “taken leave of [her] senses”.
It is just weeks since a serving British politician was brutally murdered, and many on Twitter were shocked that a professional journalist would make such a statement – satirical or not.
“Really? You work for the telegraph and want to talk about killing Farage? After Jo Cox murder? Wow. Just wow”, replied Dino Fancellu.
Last week, Breitbart London Editor in Chief Raheem Kassam exposed the shocking level of hatred, including incitements to violence, directed at the UKIP leader on social media.
Basic level searches under the terms “shoot Nigel Farage”, “stab Nigel Farage” or “kill Nigel Farage” reveal hundreds of messages, some with further messages of support for the notions in the replies.
On January 17th 2013, for example, Liberal Democrat member Craig Swanney tweeted: “Can someone just shoot Nigel Farage”. As of June 20th, Mr. Swanney has a “TEAM #INtogether” image on his Twitter profile.
Earlier this week, Kassam also exposed how many Brexit supporters are receiving increasing amounts of politically motivated abuse since Britain voted to leave the EU.
Update, 10.15am: Ms. Gee has deleted the offending Tweet.
Update, 11.55am: Ms. Gee’s account has been made private.