A group of right-wing protesters wheeled a home-made gallows outside a hall where London’s Muslim mayor was about to speak and tried to arrest him for disrespecting Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported.
Mayor Sadiq Khan laughed it it off, calling the protesters “very stable geniuses.” The crack was a dig at Trump, who said earlier this month in a tweet amid concerns about his mental fitness that he is a “very stable genius.”
The half-dozen protesters calling themselves the White Pendragons managed to delay Khan’s planned speech on gender equality before members of the liberal Fabian Society for several minutes, The Guardian reported. They accused the mayor of “treachery” and “treason,” though it wasn’t entirely clear why. The gallows was decorated with a white dragon and the words: “Take Back Control.” The men waved an American flag and shouted pro-Brexit slogans.
#Fab18 conference slightly delayed by Trump supporters who wouldn’t let Sadiq Kahn speak. The police had to intervene and remove the group of – in Kahn’s words – ‘very stable geniuses’ pic.twitter.com/d7sVx9Dc1j
— Mafalda Dâmaso (@DrMafaldaDms) January 13, 2018
One of the protesters, David Russell, was identified by the British press as a member of the far-right British Defense League and the host of an anti-Islam radio program.
Asked several times for some clarity on what their objection to the Fabians is. They claim Fabians are subverting the constitution of the UK and one quoted the Magna Carta. Not entirely clear how they think Fabians are doing this. pic.twitter.com/RZgjYEEbBx
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) January 13, 2018
The group failed to make a citizen’s arrest of the mayor and were escorted from the venue by security guards.
As for disrespecting Trump, Sadiq has long butted heads with the president and declared himself “no fan.”
Big night ahead for our friends in the US. May the best candidate win.. (and I hope she does!) #ElectionDay