Daily Mail columnist and LBC Radio personality Katie Hopkins appeared on Fox News last night to discuss British police officers’ priorities following Monday’s deadly bombing in Westminster.
Host Tucker Carlson opened the segment by stating that while authorities are investigating the incident, “it’s not their only priority tonight. They’re also keeping an eye out for crimethink on the internet.”
“Those are unapproved thoughts that people might express, including those from Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins.”
Carlson went on to summarize Hopkins’ controversial Twitter rant, posted yesterday, in which she urged Western men to “stand up” against Islam and called for “a final solution.”
As The Guardian reports, Hopkins’ tweets wound up being reported to police, who confirmed they were reviewing and assessing them.
“So, terrorists attack an arena in Manchester and kill children and you’re under investigation,” said Carlson. “How does that work, exactly, Katie?”
“I really don’t know anymore here in the UK,” her reply began. “What I can say is this. Certain thoughts you’re just simply not allowed to have.”
“So for me to say that this is no good anymore, it’s not good enough even to say that we can’t carry on as normal, I demand action, I want people to use their anger to say we need to do something to stop this. We need to be deporting these people. Deport the people that are hiding them and get amongst this because this is our little girl, our eight year old. We need to be able to talk like that. We’re not allowed to talk like that.”
Hopkins went on to acknowledge that the words “final solution” were probably not the best choice given their connotation with the Nazis.
“I would not in any way want to use that term and the inference other people may lay on that,” she said. “What I meant was, we need a lasting – a resolution to this.”
Hopkins further slammed the mainstream “we will not be cowed” stance, stating, “we do have a problem,” as evident by the military officials now present on the streets of Britain.
“We brought that war into our country, we brought that war onto our pavements, onto our streets,” she said. “I don’t hear no politicians, still, nobody saying, ‘I am sorry, we were wrong, we are going to change what we have done.'”
“Well of course not,” Tucker Carlson quipped. “They’re investigating you for your tweets. In the country that gave the rest of us freedom of speech.”
See the full exchange below.
According to CNN, the death toll from Monday’s blast in Manchester currently stands at 22.
One of the latest confirmed victims, as The Telegraph reports, is 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, whose parents made an impassioned plea for information leading to their daughter’s whereabouts on TV yesterday.
The UK’s Metro reports that the bomber, Salman Abedi, was known to British intelligence agents. Abedi is believed to have traveled to Syria to train with ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.