Katie Hopkins, who starred on the British version of Donald Trump‘s competition reality series, The Apprentice, in 2007, was permanently banned by Twitter on Friday.
The English media personality, who works as a right-wing political columnist for British national newspapers, was kicked off the social media site because “keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Huffington Post. “Abuse and hateful conduct have no place on our service and we will continue to take action when our rules are broken. In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our hateful conduct policy.”
Hopkins, 45, who tweeted under the handle @kthopkins, and had over 1 million followers, took aim at Black Lives Matter on Wednesday. She tweeted, “Today is #whiteoutwednesday. I will shortly be posting a picture of my arse. Thank you.”
Prior to that, Hopkins received backlash online for dragging soccer star Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign. The Machester United athlete started the campaign to encourage the government not to stop serving free meals to disadvantaged students amid the holidays. Hopkins responded to Rashford’s effort by tweeting at him, “Do you think women should think about how they are going to feed a child before they decide to have it? I do not want to pay to feed other people’s kids. You are welcome to.”
After the Manchester bombing on May 22, 2017, which killed 23 people, Hopkins tweeted, “We need a final solution,” and four days later, she lost her job as a presenter on LBC’s Morning Show, “effective immediately.” According to ECHO, Hopkins deleted the controversial tweet echoing Adolf Hitler’s words and reworded to read “true solution. Hopkins claimed the original tweet was a typo, as she had also misspelled Manchester.
Thank you @Twitter for putting an end to this ghoul profiting off hatred and racism and suffering #katiehopkins needs to be a cautionary tale of how a human can be devoured by evil especially if rewarded. #savetheuk#everyoneagainsttheracists
— JON CAMPLING (Home Studio) (@joncampling) June 19, 2020
Hopkins wrote for the Daily Mail between 2015 to 2017. In 2016, the British new outlet had to pay over $185,000 to a Muslim family whom she had falsely accused of extremist links. In 2017, the Daily Mail again paid out “substantive damages” and “legal costs” after Hopkins wrongfully accused a teacher of taking students to Donald Trump protest in Westminster.
In one Hopkins’ most controversial articles for The Sun, she referred to African immigrants as “cockroaches.”
There was a Petition to Get Hopkins Kicked Off Twitter
Among Katie Hopkins' final few tweets:
1) Celebrating hitting 1.1m followers on Twitter.
2) Encouraging people to follow her on Instagram.
I guess from the second, she saw what was about to happen.
— dan barker (@danbarker) June 19, 2020
Over 75,000 people signed a petition to get Hopkins off of Twitter. The Change.org petition stated, “Unbelievably, Katie Hopkins has been given a platform to insult, abuse and cause outrage for far too long. Attacking victims of Child Sex Exploitation is possibly the most disgusting act that any human can do.”
“Does she have no boundaries? The scary thing is, this could happen to her own children right under her nose – being as self-obsessed as she Is, how would she see the signs?”
“I think it’s about time Twitter took action and removed her from their platform, just as Facebook have done with Britain First. Freedom of speech is something I believe in. Freedom of hate speech isn’t, I’m sure many people feel the same way.”
Hopkins Also Starred on ‘Big Brother,’ & Entered the 2009 European Parliament Election as an Independent Candidate
A year after Trump launched his NBC reality series, The Apprentice, BBC launched a version with Lord Alan Sugar in the boss position. During her time on the show, Hopkins became the only contestant to try to “fire” Sugar, and then quit citing that she had to attend to childcare issues at home.
Capitalizing on her time in the spotlight, Hopkins then went on to appear on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here after another contestant dropped out last minute. She also competed on Big Brother where she placed as first runner-up.
In 2009, she ran as an Independent candidate in the 2009 Parliament Election but did not fare very well. According to ECHO, she polled at 8,971 votes, which was 0.6% of the total votes cast.