The glorious cause

The Trump administration thinks Britain is being most unfair to that nice racist agitator Tommy Robinson.

Sam Brownback, the U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, complained to the British ambassador in Washington D.C. about the treatment of an English right-wing activist who is in jail for disrupting a trial, according to three sources familiar with the discussion.

Brownback raised the case of the activist known as Tommy Robinson in a June meeting with Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s Ambassador to the United States, according to a British official and two sources close to the organizers of a pro-Robinson demonstration planned for London on Saturday.

Robinson founded the English Defense League, whose hobby is organizing violent demonstrations against Muslim immigrants in the UK. He got busted in Leeds a few weeks ago for making videos about a trial related to child molestation, violating English law that restricts publicity during criminal trials.

Brownback told Darroch that if Britain did not treat Robinson more sympathetically, the Trump administration might be compelled to criticize Britain’s handling of the case, according to the two sources in contact with organizers of the planned pro-Robinson demonstration.

Reuters was unable to determine why the top U.S. official responsible for defending religious freedom would try to intervene with the British government on behalf of an activist who has expressed ant-Islamic views.

We’re not Reuters, so we’re free to speculate. My speculation: they don’t want Muslim-hating agitators to be punished, and they want to throw their weight around on the subject.

A spokesman for Hope Not Hate, a British anti-racism group, said, “In the week President Trump comes to the UK, his hand-picked diplomat allying himself with a far-right convicted fraudster perhaps shouldn’t be too much of a shock.”

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