‘I'd prefer ACID but milkshakes will do’: Charity worker provokes outrage with Farage attack tweet
A UK charity worker has caused fury on social media after suggesting she would have preferred if it had been acid and not a milkshake that was hurled at Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage while campaigning in Newcastle on Monday.
In a tweet from her now-deleted account, Ruth Townsend, who is head of measurement and policy at charity Happy City, which focuses its work on ‘wellbeing’ applauded Paul Crowther, the man behind the milkshake attack on Farage. However, she ostensibly was a little annoyed it hadn’t been a more lethal substance.
Great that milkshakes have become a thing when it comes to the racists in our midst. I’d prefer acid but milkshakes will do for now I guess.
Townsend’s remarks have prompted fury on social media. One Twitter user fumed “WTF is wrong with these deluded, twisted, malicious, oppressive individuals?” While others considered this “despicable” and “vile.”
I swear my head will explode if I see one more person who preaches love & tolerance spew more hate in a minute than I have in my lifetime! WTF is wrong with these deluded, twisted, malicious, oppressive individuals? 🙄🤦🏻♀️🤯
— Fiona Hallett (@Scattyfi) May 21, 2019
A despicable tweet.
— christopher morton (@cmorton71) May 21, 2019
This person needs arresting! Police are so keen to come down hard on hate crimes, investigate RuthTownsley @vintagecyclist https://t.co/2GQpdco5XA
— suze eggleton (@anoldbaglady) May 21, 2019
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This needs to be called out every time it happens. Don’t just report it, make sure everyone knows about it.
— P. A. Angritt (@PAAngritt) May 21, 2019
What a vile woman, that old bag Ruth Townsley is, should be reported to the police,just another sad sour old remoaner in denial of democracy.
— John Tolhurst (@jtolhurst48) May 20, 2019
It would appear that it’s not the only tweet the charity worker has posted which seems to advocate extreme violence against a politician. In a tweet from June 2017, Townsend wrote that it was “time to start killing” the rich.
Happy City has released a statement, distancing themselves from Townsend’s comments, saying they “do not in any way agree with the contents of that tweet.” They insist “all politicians have a right to have their voices heard,” adding that a thorough investigation into the incident is now underway.
It comes as the alleged offender of the milkshake attack, Paul Crowther, 32, from Throckley, Newcastle, was charged by police on Tuesday with “common assault and criminal damage.”
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