NEW Ukip leader Richard Braine said he “loved” controversial activist Carl Benjamin who joked about raping a Labour MP and abusing young boys.
Braine described Benjamin as “intelligent” and an “aggressive Ukipper” during his first press conference as Ukip boss this morning.
Benjamin was the subject of a police investigation after it emerged he sent Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips a tweet in 2016 saying: “I wouldn’t even rape you.”
Before adding in a video this year: “I suppose with enough pressure I might cave. But, let’s be honest, nobody’s got that much beer.”
Benjamin also caused outrage when he suggested there was nothing wrong with the sexual abuse of children, saying: “It’s not as controversial as you think.”
Speaking to journalists today Braine gushed about the former Ukip MEP candidate.
He told reporters: “Carl Benjamin has put online thousands of hours of often intelligent discourse and videos – he’s a generally curious person.
“He’s an outsider and he’s an aggressive Ukipper.
“He understands the party, he’s been picked up on half the things he’s said that were provocative, deliberately intended to offend.
He’s really delivering the message and he’s a fantastic benefit of our party. Yes, love him.
“He’s really delivering the message and he’s a fantastic benefit of our party. Yes, love him.”
Benjamin, who shares videos on YouTube under the name Sargon of Akkad, claims to be a free-speech activist who makes deliberately shocking statements to demonstrate his point.
During his bizarre rant about abusing children he said: “I can be quoted as saying you can f*** young boys. It’s actually not as controversial as you think.
“Depends on the child, doesn’t it? The ancient Greeks were pederasts. It was considered to be normal. It was mentoring.”
He also used a string of offensive racial and homophobic slurs in old videos.
A dossier of sick comments by Benjamin was later passed to his local police force by a Ukip whistleblower.
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On a visit to the Truro, while campaigning for Ukip in May, his vile comments caught up with him and he was attacked with a milkshake by a gang of protesters.
One of the placards called him a “super callous fragile racist sexist Ukip a**ehole”.
And when he was speaking on the street, a trumpeter deliberately stood nearby playing loud music to drown him out.
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