Rebel Media personality travels to St. Petersburg, praises Vladimir Putin as an ally of the global far-right
Nothing to see here, folks – everything’s totally 100% normal.
After all, what’s out of the ordinary about what Rebel Media’s Katie Hopkins is currently doing in Russia filming videos praising Vladimir Putin?
In one recent video shot on the streets of St. Petersburg, the far-right Rebel Media personality tells viewers Putin is an ally of the global far-right, pointing out Kremlin rubles have helped finance the rise of far-right parties across Europe.
“I do wonder about this idea of Putin being our enemy,” Hopkins says, noting that he “supported Marine LePen with loans and he supported Viktor Orban in Hungary.”
“Perhaps Putin is not the monster we’ve made him out to be.”
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) June 9, 2018
Rebel Media’s Conservative viewers might have trouble swallowing that one.
And Harper’s former defence minister, Alberta UCP leader Jason Kenney, once explicitly stated Vladimir Putin is “not an ally” of Canada.
Yet it appears Rebel Media – an alt-right website that senior members of Kenney’s party continue associating with – is okay with its on-air talent celebrating Russia’s lack of diversity and tweeting hashtags like: #PutinRocks.
A joy to be in St Petersburg. A place untouched by the myth of multiculturalism and deranged diversity. #Putinrocks.
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) June 7, 2018
Hopkins is best known for penning tabloid columns calling refugees “cockroaches” and demanding the Royal Navy open fire on civilian boats fleeing war zones.
Rebel Media’s website identifies Hopkins as a “Shillman Fellow” – that’s a position funded by an American far-right anti-Muslim think tank called the David Horowitz Freedom Centre (DHFC).
The DHFC has also been an enabler of the European far-right, most notably making a six-figure donation to the party of Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders.
Last year, an investigation by the Washington Post identified the DHFC as a central organization in a network of far-right charities that played an influential role fuelling the rise of Donald Trump.
On second thought, maybe it isn’t so surprising then to find Rebel Media’s Horowitz-funded personality on the streets of St. Petersburg tweeting: “go Trump.”
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) June 10, 2018
Coincidentally, former Rebel Media personality Lauren Southern also recently turned up in Russia of all places where she interviewed Russian neo-fascist philosopher Alexander Dugin – someone whose ideas on Russian nationalism and foreign policy are considered influential in Moscow.
Southern, who was raised in Langley, British Columbia, lobbed softball questions at Dugin, focusing the carefully staged interview on the neo-fascist philosopher’s thoughts about “Millennials and the future of conservatism.”
In another video, Southern explicitly encourages her viewers to be open-minded to Dugin’s views.