Far-right British extremist Tommy Robinson thanks Tucker Carlson and Republicans for coming to his aide
Robinson: "The minute you mention, criticize Islam, you are deigned and attacked by everybody"
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From the August 2 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight:
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TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): The United Kingdom has become a mere shadow of the nation that gave us freedom of speech, freedom of the press, a host of other rights that we take for granted, but probably should not take for granted. Nobody knows that better than Tommy Robinson. In May of this year, he was arrested for attempting to cover the trial of a sexual grooming gang in the U.K.
For speaking out loud on the sidewalk, he was taken to prison, without barely any time to muster a defense. He was tried and sentenced to 13 months in jail. Now, after more than 2 months behind bars in solitary confinement, during which time he was attacked by journalists in the U.K. -- almost nobody defended him -- but tonight, he has been released on bail after winning an appeal. Tommy Robinson join us now for his first and only interview.
CARLSON: I just want our viewers to understand why this happened to you in the first place. You went to prison in a supposedly free country for expressing unfashionable opinions in public. Did you -- with this last round, you've been in jail for two months -- did you hit anybody? Did you steal anything? Or did you say something the government didn't like?
TOMMY ROBINSON: There was a court case going on, where 29 people were in court for gang raping up to 100 young children. Now, I stood outside of the court and I spoke, and all I'd done was read a BBC News article, a BBC News article that is still online now for millions of people to see.
In a British courtroom, for a fair trial for anyone, they have to understand what it is they are being accused of. "Contempt of court," that's all I've been told. What contempt of court?
ROBINSON: I say a thank you to the Middle East Forum, a thank you to Congressman Gosar, a thank you to Ambassador Brownback, people -- thank you to yourself, Tucker, people who come out -- because we know that in this country, anyone who speaks about Islam -- you can believe -- you can be a complete liberal, the minute you mention, criticize Islam, you are deigned and attacked by everybody.