Trump regularly retweets Katie Hopkins and called her 'respectable' - in reality she is a marginal figure who called migrants 'cockroaches' and once claimed to be the 'the new Jesus'
- Donald Trump shares the tweets of British commentator Katie Hopkins.
- The president's retweets have made Hopkins one of his most visible cheerleaders when it comes to his views on issues like immigration, minorities, and crime - both in the US and the UK.
- Hopkins is now a regular political pundit on US television.
- But in Britain she is a marginal figure who has lost media jobs because of her extreme views.
- She compared migrants to cockroaches and lost a major radio job after saying there should be a "final solution" following a terrorist attack in the UK.
- She once claimed to be "the new Jesus."
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If you don't live in the United Kingdom, your first encounter with British commentator Katie Hopkins will probably have been via President Donald Trump's Twitter feed.
Thanks to Trump's retweets, Hopkins has become one of president's most visible cheerleaders.Last week, Trump shared a Hopkins' tweet which described the US city of Baltimore as a "s***hole"
Baltimore is represented by Elijah Cummings, a congressman who Trump said represented a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live."
The president has a history of promoting Hopkins on Twitter - before and during his presidency.
In June, Trump shared a Hopkins tweet which criticised one of his favourite targets - London Mayor Sadiq Khan - and his handling of crime in London. Hopkins described the English capital as "Khan's Londonistan."
In 2015, nearly a year before he was elected president, Trump tweeted praise for Hopkins' "powerful writing on the U.K's Muslim problems." He described her as a "respected columnist."
However, in the UK, Hopkins is not regarded as a respected pundit. She is not a regular guest on mainstream TV channels like she is on Fox News in the US. Rather, Hopkins is widely seen as someone whose far-right views on issues like immigration and class have pushed her to the margins of political debate. She was let go from two media jobs - including for a leading right-wing media organisation - following her tweets about a terrorist attack in Manchester.Her strange and eventful career began when she was a contestant on one of the country's most popular reality TV shows over a decade ago, before she rebranded herself as "Britain's most controversial columnist."
Over the years she has compared migrants to cockroaches, called for refugee boats to be sunk by gunships, and suggested that there should be a "final solution" to Islamic terrorism in the West.
Here's what you need to know about Hopkins.
Trump: Baltimore is a violent place.Tweet a close up pic of a flower / share a hashtag. Feel better. #WeAreBaltimore
(Highest homicide rate in USA / @BaltimorePolice civilian employee assaulted in street/ proper sh*thole)
pic.twitter.com/DOWFv6WKq5- Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) July 28, 2019
LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster - will only get worse! https://t.co/n7qKI3BbD2- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2019