UK pundit Katie Hopkins.
(photo credit: TWITTER)
A UK conservative fire-brand caused uproar on social media Monday after sharing a message from a neo-Nazi Twitter account, according to the Evening Standard.
During a broadcast on LBC Radio, columnist and television personality Katie Hopkins was deliberating on the topic of ethnic identity when a caller phoned in to say that she was coming across as racist.
“I genuinely believe 'racist' as a word has been used so much," Hopkins told the listener in response.
“I'm sorry for the word racist in a way," she continued, adding "It's become used so much, it's like a regular word now, it's lost all meaning to me.”
Following the broadcast, Hopkins tweeted audio of the exchange, writing: "Call me racist. I don't care. I will stand up for white women being raped because you're scared to offend Muslims."
But the real outrage didn't ensue until Hopkins retweeted a message from an account named AntiJuden SS, which featured a Nazi swastika on its avatar, which read: “Now that is the way it should be told.”
Soon after, a torrent of condemnation was flung at the pundit, accusing Hopkins of "joining hands with Nazis," as one tweet read.
Another social media user wondered: “You want to retweet from someone with THAT symbol as their avatar?!?"
Some of Hopkins' fans even appeared disappointed, with one suggesting she had "ruined all [her] good work to date."
“Respected your point of view until that Nazi retweet,” added another.