Nigel Farage, the former leader of UKIP, has been criticised following his attack on Brendan Cox, the widower of Jo Cox who was assassinated by a political extremist.
Farage had posted on Twitter a comment blaming Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, saying that the Berlin terrorist attack would be “the Merkel legacy”. Cox responded with a tweet saying:
“Nigel Farage – blaming politicians for the actions of extremists? That’s a slippery slope Nigel”.
Farage then said on LBC radio when asked about the comments:
“He would know more about extremists than me, Mr Cox – he backs organisations like Hope Not Hate, who masquerade as being lovely and peaceful but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means”.
A number of MPs have responded on Twitter condemning Farage’s comments.
— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) December 20, 2016
When your entire career has been built on hate, not hope, it perhaps shouldn't shock me, but Farage still sinks lower than I'd have believed https://t.co/QsVi8VF6NG
— Toby Perkins (@tobyperkinsmp) December 20, 2016
Has Farage completely lost the plot? https://t.co/SokujFec4S
— Louise Haigh (@LouHaigh) December 20, 2016
Hope Not Hate have issued a statement in response to the comments made by Farage:
“We are aware of a serious and potentially libellous statement made about HOPE not hate by Nigel Farage on LBC radio this morning. We have no idea on what Mr Farage bases his outrageous comments. HOPE not hate has a proud history of campaigning against extremism and hatred.
We will not be making any further comment until we have had the opportunity to consult with our lawyers”.