Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, the leader of the city where 22 people were killed in a terror attack on Monday, said it is “business as usual” in his city.
A comment that set off British writer and anti-radical Islam crusader Katie Hopkins, who some have called the “British Ann Coulter.”
“I want to scream at him. Business as usual?” Hopkins wrote in an op-ed for the Daily Mail.
Tell that to the mother of 16-year-old Georgina Callander. Someone slaughtered her most special thing, the tiny baby she carried, birthed, equipped with all the things she could protect her from the world with, smiling at her loveliness as she became a young woman.
And you say it is business as usual? The dead never get to carry on as normal.
Hopkins called the talk after attacks “the new Lord’s Prayer of a terrorized generation.”
“We stand united. We are not broken. We are strong,” she wrote, mocking what the politicians usually say following these type of attacks. “Repeated like a mantra.”
She compared her fellow citizens to ants acting busy while waiting for another foot to fall on them.
Katie Hopkins! That’s the British Ann Coulter
I couldn’t remember but suddenly I did
Tweeted it in case anyone else was wondering
— grodaeu (@grodaeu) March 28, 2017
@YakovPettersson Katie Hopkins is the British Ann Coulter, but possibly more callous.
— Lucy Steigerwald (@LucyStag) December 28, 2016
Hopkins smashed “impotent politicians” who highlight the acts of kindness average citizens, like a homeless man who ran to rescue the dying children.
“The people helping are reacting instinctively. Battling against blood and death,” she said.
“They are not standing up to terror. They are not showing we are strong. They are trying to scoop up the handfuls of flesh that is weak and stop it bleeding,” she added.
Katie Hopkins states the bleeding obvious & people aren’t happy. WELL HAVING OUR KIDS BLOWN TO PIECES MAKES ME AGREE WITH HER FOR ONCE. pic.twitter.com/9dpPHS6OE6
— # Mick? (@1971Lufc) May 24, 2017
She said that those people ought to be rewarded, not used by politicians trying to push the narrative that this is “business as usual.”
When the only option is to carry on as normal, what the hell else are we going to do?
Carrying on as normal is not defiance. Or strength. It is the default.
When someone dies in our family, we carry on as before because the alternative is to lie down under our duvet and hope the world goes away.
And sometimes we even try that for a bit, too.
But in the end, reluctantly, we default and carry on as normal. This does not make us strong. Or united. It makes us desperate to feel better.
Hopkins joined Fox & Friends on Wednesday and she was still visibly outraged.
“We’re making choices in this country,” she said. “We chose to let the jihadi back in and we chose, therefore, for our little girls to be slaughtered.
“We chose to respect the human rights of jihadis, 3,000 of whom are roaming those streets because there human rights matter more, we’re defending that over our small babies.”
She said the West is losing the war to the Islamic State and are in denial about it.
“If this is them losing, we really don’t want to see them winning,” she said.
“We’re tired of buying into the narrative that we’re string and the jihadis are weak,” she said. “We’ve been knocked down, we’ve been trampled on, and I think the general population is fed up with being treated so awfully, seeing our little ones slaughtered, just to look after the rights if these terrorists that want to kill us.”
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