Last Updated on March 26, 2020
Tommy Robinson stopped thugs coughing and spitting on a woman during the coronavirus pandemic, but the media erased his actions in their reports.
Last week, Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League, saw a number of young thugs spitting and coughing on a woman, in what seemed an attempt to also spread fear and panic during the coronavirus outbreak.
According to a video posted by TR News, Tommy Robinson was driving with his kids when he spotted the gang coughing and spitting on an elderly woman, and he stopped to confront them. The gang then called him racist, and started abusing him. One said that he would “duff you in front of your kid fam,” and then the three men proceeded to attack him and his car. Robinson got out of his car and defended himself. In the altercation, he received a black-eye, as did the older lady.
When the police arrived, they blamed Robinson, saying he “overstepped the line,” in his response, despite the youths assaulting him and attacking his car. The policeman criticised him for running after them, with Robinson responding if he was just supposed to let them continue to spit in the face of the woman and let them get away. “I’m not a coward – I’m not just going to stand there and let an old woman get abused like that,” he said.
According to sources obtained by TR News, the “aggressive tall black lad,” in the video is an illegal immigrant from the Gambia, currently out on bail for knife crime.
In a statement, the police said that they are “currently investigating following an incident in Paynes Park, Hitchin”:
An elderly couple were walking through the park when they were approached by three people, one of whom reportedly coughed in their faces, making them feel uncomfortable. An altercation then ensued after a passer-by intervened. A woman aged in her 70s subsequently suffered bruising to one of her eyes and a vehicle was damaged. The woman was taken to hospital for a check-up and is now recovering at home with her family. The person who intervened, a man aged in his 30s, also suffered bruising. Three males, aged 16, 18 and 19, have been arrested and interviewed in connection with the incident. They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
The subsequent media reports, however, failed to mention at all Robinson’s involvement in stopping the assault. BBC News, Metro, and The Sun, only described him in their article as a “passer-by,” completely failing to mention it was him who intervened. The New Statesman, the left-wing magazine, seemed to call the media out in an article entitled, “Tommy Robinson was the unlikely hero of a coronavirus scuffle – so why didn’t the media say so?” However, the article was pulled from the site, with the page now saying it can’t be found.
If the New Statesman knew the passer-by was Tommy Robinson, why didn’t the rest of the media?