Carl ‘Sargon of Akkad’ Benjamin Named UKIP Candidate for EU Elections

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Classical liberal and social commentator Carl Benjamin, better known by his YouTube pseudonym Sargon of Akkad, has been selected as a UKIP candidate for next month’s European Parliament elections.

UKIP published a partial list of candidates Friday, with party leader Gerard Batten saying those chosen were felt to be most appropriate “to fight for a real Brexit after the European elections. UKIP’s priority is to have MEPs who will fight to make Brexit happen.”

Describing himself as an office worker “turned successful political commentator”, Mr Benjamin addressed his 940,000-strong YouTube subscriber audience in a video on Friday.

“I want to see Britain out of the European Union. However, it seems the political class is guilty of dereliction of duty and will not deliver Britain’s exit from the EU, so regular people like myself have to start to get our hands dirty with the political process,” he said.

“It’s time for people who are not professional politicians to get involved to make sure the concerns of regular people are fully represented in the halls of power,” Mr Benjamin added.

The UKIP South West MEP candidate said that he would campaign for Brexit, promote the devolution of powers from the European Union back to its member-states, campaign to “rescind and restrict Article 13 of the copyright directive which will be responsible for social media censorship across the continent,” and challenge and expose “radical leftism.”

Mr Benjamin, who critiques political correctness, restrictions on freedom of speech, and social justice warriors, was subject to an attempted ‘no platforming’ at an event organised King’s College London’s Libertarian Society in March 2018 by far-left Antifa activists.

Breitbart Tech reported at the time the activists had set off smoke bombs, a fire alarm, and stormed the stage, before being forced out of the building by security.

“In the Battle for King’s College London, the liberalists won,” Mr Benjamin later declared, showing off the red and black Antifa flag he had taken from one far-leftist as a trophy.

More candidates are expected to be announced by UKIP in the coming weeks.

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