Donald Trump Jr. had a pressing warning for Americans in the wake of an arrest in England of an independent journalist.
UK protesters poured into England’s Downing Street this weekend demanding the release of Tommy Robinson, who was arrested for covering a story on the trial of a child grooming gang. Robinson was transported to jail without a trial and the government banned press coverage of the 35-year old journalist’s status.
Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter noted how the UK’s Orwellian actions could be echoed here in the U.S.
Man arrested and imprisoned in England for reporting on a court case.
Reporting on his case is also illegal.
The US media doesn’t care.
Because they support it, because they disapprove of his politics.
They want the same thing here.
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 26, 2018
Trump Jr. reacted to Schlichter’s tweet with a warning not to follow in the footsteps of America’s mother country.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 27, 2018
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, was arrested Friday while livestreaming a report on the trial of members of an alleged child grooming gang.
Tommy Robinson has been arrested in Leeds court for reporting on grooming gangs. More updates to follow pic.twitter.com/iEPDoNOKHM
— Caolan Robertson (@CaolanRob) May 25, 2018
The 35-year-old activist and former head of the English Defense League, has long been active against Islam and Islamic migration. Robinson is now serving a prior 13 month suspended sentence for contempt of court after trying to film accused Muslims outside of a court last year.
News of his arrest and the subsequent ban on coverage sent his supporters into action.
Wow, massive crowd protesting the arrest of journalist Tommy Robinson.
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 26, 2018
Waving banners with #FreeTommy messages, protesters took to Downing Street, at times climbing the gates of the Prime Minister’s home.
— Mark مارك Ali (@matchbox10) May 26, 2018
— Vervima Media (@VervimaMedia) May 26, 2018
Tommy Robinson Protests, with his supporters upset about his arrest.
video ATC pic.twitter.com/EyJRtdmn4P
— Trad American Angel™ (@RightWingAngel) May 26, 2018
Hundreds of people @10DowningStreet to protest for Tommy Robinson’s release from prison! Can’t wait to see this on BBC and ITV news tonight! Oh wait it won’t as it doesn’t fit their political agenda! #TommyRobinson pic.twitter.com/o3nD4cLIM9
— Tim Cross ✈🛫🛬 (@Jetjockie89) May 26, 2018
England seemed to be stepping into police state territory as a gag order was issued to block media coverage, citing the need to avoid risking the case with prejudice. Journalists Mike Cernovich and Nick Monroe broke down the alarming scrubbing of Robinson’s articles.
Go to Google News – Tommy Robinson
See these articles?
They are being taken down in real time. This is 1984. The UK is a police state. pic.twitter.com/hWV3mQCCMQ
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) May 25, 2018
UPDATE: Breitbart forced to take down story about Tommy Robinson’s arrest.
— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) May 25, 2018
Many on social media slammed the double standards, the bias and the overreach of Robinson’s treatment, echoing Trump Jr. in warning where the actions could lead.
I’m not a supporter of Tommy Robinson, but I am a supporters of anybodies rights to free speech and protest, again I say he was doing nothing illegal! Merely pointing out the hidden cases of paedophile gangs for political reasons to a public kept in the dark. His arrest is wrong.
— Simon Cullen (@simoncullen01) May 26, 2018
What happened to Tommy Robinson is absolutely disgusting. I guess I am lucky to live in a country where even the KKK can still protest freely. Get your shit together Britain!
— William D. Belcourt (@Will12Bell) May 25, 2018
If Tommy Robinson`s arrest was legit, why the blanket media ban on reporting it? Why has Twitter been forced to hide his name trending? Why no mention of the protest at Downing Street? Something stinks here!
— Alfred Saint (@AlfredtheSaint) May 26, 2018
It’s not about whether you agree with or like Tommy Robinson.
Protest every day. pic.twitter.com/ZnP8QGnNBv
— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) May 27, 2018
It’s not about RIGHT or LEFT — it’s about RIGHT and WRONG.
AGREE or DISAGREE with him or not.
— liam (@Tennessean_Liam) May 27, 2018
Petr Bystron, MP of the German party AfD today offered asylum for Tommy Robinson.#FreeTommy
— Robert Gollwitzer (@gollwitzer) May 27, 2018
For all the Americans who angrily cower at the presentation of opinions different from theirs, simply imagine what it would be like if it was deemed illegal to express yourself- or report on what you feel is significant.
Now take a look at present-day Britain.#FreeTommy
— Selene Cerankosky (@cerankosky) May 28, 2018