Australia’s federal election saw an unprecedented level of political violence from the left. This was started by EggBoy Will Connolly’s decision to egg Senator Fraser Anning at a Melbourne meeting of his Conservative National Party back in March, following the Christchurch mosque shooting.
Because EggBoy assaulted a person who the left and the media viewed as a fascist Nazi, he was celebrated and called a hero. He ended up only receiving a caution from Victoria Police for this act of political violence.
Given this reaction, it was inevitable that another conservative politician would be egged, no less than the Prime Minister Scott Morrison himself. The alleged egger Amber Holt was arrested and charged with common assault and possession of cannabis as she was found with a marijuana joint on her.
Elsewhere in the election campaign, we had a family dog assassinated in the Geelong seat of Corangamite with the dead dog put underneath the sign of Liberal candidate Sarah Henderson. We had a Tony Abbott volunteer stabbed with a screwdriver in the vitriolic Warringah campaign, and a One Nation campaign van was torched in Tasmania the day after the election.
But political violence against the right has been ignored, excused and celebrated not just in Australia. Over in the UK, they are in the middle of their European Parliamentary elections. The left is still triggered by the Brexit referendum of 2016 and is taking its rage out on Leave candidates in this election.
While the left’s choice of weapon in Australia has been eggs, in the UK it has been milkshakes. This trend began when a British Muslim threw a milkshake at Tommy Robinson on May 1 in Bury. Robinson is campaigning around north west England for a seat in the European Parliament.
The milkshake assault against Robinson was replicated the next day in Warrington; the assailant was talking to Robinson before pouring the drink on his head screaming “That’s what you get for being a fascist, you f***ing massive prick.” Robinson responded by appearing to throw several punches against the assailant. Local police in Warrington confirmed they were investigating the incident.
The next target of this new tactic of political violence dubbed ‘milkshaking’ was UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin, who recently made the transition from YouTuber personality where he is known as Sargon of Akkad. He has had four milkshakes thrown at him in one week during his tour of Salisbury.
Benjamin has been a high-profile target of the media with them digging up many satirical and dark-humored jokes he had made during his YouTube career in an attempt to smear him, which in turn has contributed to him being targeted by milkshakes.
Rather than seeing being ‘milkshaked’ as an affront to Britain’s democratic process and a form of political assault, the media have deemed it a legitimate form of political protest against the ‘extreme views’ of these candidates. Leftists on social media have thought it hilarious to see these candidates humiliated, covered in white liquid out in public.
UK fast food chain Burger King also thought this was all a bit of a joke when promoting the sales of its milkshakes the same weekend that Tommy Robinson was set to visit the nation. Burger King later claimed it would never endorse political violence.
Then yesterday, the regressive left in the UK was able to milkshake its biggest target yet, the champion of the Brexit campaign and leader of the new Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, when campaigning in Newcastle. Farage was irate at the security failure, muttering to his detail “How did you not stop that?”, “complete failure” and “I could have spotted that a mile off”.
Video shows the assault followed by Farage needing to walk nearly 400 metres to be whisked away while the media are busy taking photos of his milkshake-soaked suit, with roars of laughter heard in the background.
The milkshake thrower Paul Crowther told the media “I didn’t know he was in town. I thought, this is my only chance,” and was of the belief, “it’s a right of protest against people like him” because “the bile and the racism he spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front.”
While the left thinks this is funny and that these candidates deserve it because of their ‘vile’ views, the British authorities have begun to take this new milkshaking phenomenon more seriously. They ordered a McDonald’s in Scotland to stop selling milkshakes during Nigel Farage’s visit.
Farage tweeted in response to being milkshaked: “Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible,”and “For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.”
Tommy Robinson has said in response to being initial target, “I so want to win this. No amount of punches, milkshakes, attacks or anything is going to stop me.”
The United States has also been dealing with political violence from the left’s militant arm Antifa for many years. They endorsed the ‘punch a Nazi’ campaign after a leftist punched alt-right leader Richard Spencer unprovoked in January 2017. They also rioted outside the University of California, Berkeley when Milo Yiannopoulos was due to speak in February 2017.
Many are left to wonder if this new enabled form of political violence will evolve into serious attempts at physical harm of right-wing politicians or candidates. This was highlighted by conservative UK commentator Katie Hopkins.
Absolutely. Please tell me where you draw the line?
When is it not funny? Please explain pic.twitter.com/p5qVbkJIKr
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 20, 2019
But as we saw with the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the recent re-election of the Morrison Government on the weekend, political violence does not pay. The Brexit Party is currently way ahead of all other parties in the UK European election polls.
We will find on out on polling day this Thursday what the British public, which already voted for Brexit in 2016, really thinks of the left’s latest political tactic, since they don’t appear to have any arguments left.