Fox News’ Laura Ingraham retweeted a British Neo-Nazi on Sunday — a man who has previously been arrested for death threats against another one of his far-right rivals.
The original tweet was a video showing a street full of trash and homeless poeple, with the caption “this is what third world immigration does to Europe.” There is no indication where or when the video was shot, but Ingraham nonetheless asked her followers, “Can anyone verify is this is really a video of Paris?”
The video was originally posted by Mark Collett, a former youth chair of the far-right British National Party (BNP). The group believes that immigration is a destructive forces which is making British people feel like “foreigners in their own country” and advocates for “banning” Sharia law, deporting two million immigrants, and reintroducing the death penalty.
The BNP achieved a small amount of electoral success in 2008 and 2009 when it won seats in local elections as well as two seats in the European Parliament. Since then, however, its popularity has waned significantly. In 2016, it was struck off the register of British political parties and its membership is now estimated to be in the hundreds.
Collett was the publicity director for the BNP in 2010 when he was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill its then-leader, Nick Griffin as part of a ‘palace coup’ against party. Collett was promptly ousted from the BNP but has continued to campaign for far-right causes. In 2017 Collett wrote a book titled “The Fall of the Western Man” which former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke described as “an excellent and incisive work about the psychological aspects of the destruction of Western mankind.”
When he was younger, Collett also appeared on the British Channel 4 documentary called Young, Nazi and Proud. There he described how he admired Adolf Hitler and how he considered AIDS “a friendly disease because blacks, drug users and gays have it.” Collett’s girlfriend, Eva Van Housen, has also become somewhat infamous for her neo-Nazi swastika tattoos.
Ingraham’s tweet has been posted for nearly 24 hours. It has remained on her account despite many Twitter users pointing out Collett’s racist views.
It’s not the first time that fringe British far-right groups have been elevated on Twitter thanks to American conservatives. In November Donald Trump re-tweeted three inflamatory anti-Muslim videos from far-right group Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen, which infuriated British politicians and even got conspiracy theorist and Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson to admit it wasn’t “great optics.” Fransen meanwhile is in court in Belfast, and has been charged with inciting behavior likely to stir up hatred.