GOP lawmaker speaks at rally for jailed anti-Muslim activist in UK
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) spoke at a London rally in support of a jailed anti-Muslim activist, invoking the First Amendment and arguing for free speech.
Gosar spoke at a “Free Tommy Robinson” rally on Sunday.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is a founder of the anti-Muslim English Defense League, which has organized violent protests against Muslim immigrants.
Robinson was arrested for violating an English law that limits publicity of criminal trials after attempting to film outside a courthouse where a child molestation case was taking place. He was sentenced to 13 months in jail.
“I understand, like me, you’re all concerned about making your country great again,” Gosar, a supporter of President Trump, said at the rally.
He said that he “could not stay silent” about Robinson’s case and encouraged others to lobby for his freedom.
“We know that these men are from commonly Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Muslim backgrounds,” Gosar said of the molesting case that Robinson was attempting to film. The lawmaker called on members of those communities to “speak out.”
“What do we want? We want Tommy out,” Gosar said.
Gosar’s appearance took place as Reuters reported that the White House ambassador on religious freedom, Sam Brownback, had lobbied the United Kingdom to be more sympathetic toward Robinson’s case.
Brownback reportedly said that the Trump administration may publicly criticize the case if British officials don’t improve their treatment of Robinson. Supporters of the activists fear he may be attacked by other prisoners in jail.
Trump was in Great Britain last week and was met with large protests in London.
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