After far left activists tried to stop Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg from speaking at West England University by screaming over him – even though Rees-Mogg politely invited them to discuss or debate their views – many people condemned the aggressive behavior of the activists. The BBC and other news outlets gave Rees-Mogg fair coverage after the incident, so now some are trying to claim it was all a setup, and have tried to blame Breitbart News.
The BBC’s report on the incident:
For those unfamiliar with Jacob Rees-Mogg, he is a symbol of what the far left would hate: a strong supporter of Brexit, believer in traditional marriage, and a pro-life Catholic.
Byline editor Peter Jukes claimed the incident was some “Alt Reich scheme” that suggested Steve Bannon was “deeply involved in the Rees Mogg fracas.”
“If anyone’s been following the Antifa phenomenon in the US, a warning here. A large number are fake organisations set up and promoted by the Alt Reich and/or Russian troll farms,” Jukes said.
Ben Kew of Breitbart, who lives in the Bristol area, attended the event, and called Rees-Mogg “one of the rising conservative stars of an establishment-controlled Conservative Party,” and said he was taken aback by protesters flinging the back door open “especially given that Rees-Mogg is one of the most polite and unoffensive figures in British politics.”
Kew filmed the incident, then sent it to Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam who posted it. The footage went viral.
As to the protesters, the one with an uncovered face has been identified as Josh Connor, a Labour activist affiliated with the party’s leftist campaign group Momentum.
Meet Josh Connor. This thug stormed into a university talk intent on closing down free speech and then screamed abuse aggressively at @Jacob_Rees_Mogg.
His Bristol Antifa group were disguised in black sunglasses, hoodies and bandanas. He’d probably hate you sharing this photo. pic.twitter.com/LAmLno1PKu
— Shy Society #FBPE🇬🇧 (@Shy_Society) February 3, 2018
“The fact that left-wingers believe that last week’s event was in some way coordinated by Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and perhaps the tooth-fairy too is another sign of how disturbed the political left has become since the revolutionary moments of 2016,” Kew said. “Still, it provided us with a laugh.”