Nigel Farage was among those giving his take on a far-right rally in the US city of Charlottesville - but his tweet did not exactly go down well.
Three people died - one 32-year-old woman, who was hit when a car ploughed into a crowd and two state troopers, whose helicopter crashed outside the city while responding to the situation ― and at least 35 others were injured in the Virginia city on Saturday.
The day’s event prompted the former Ukip leader to tweet:
Cannot believe we're seeing Nazi salutes in 21st century America.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) August 12, 2017
This did not exactly go down well...
Are you joking?
— Dan (@creature_dan) August 12, 2017
Yeah, hard to know why people would act like that pic.twitter.com/LVGqM0YJhT
— Graeme Demianyk (@GraemeDemianyk) August 12, 2017
Yeah its not like anyone has been lying to idiots in an attempt to radicalise them into faux nationalism to promote bigoted agendas...
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) August 12, 2017
You surely have seen him standing in front of a NAZI propaganda replica during the referendum? This is the tip of the iceberg mind. pic.twitter.com/GzD1lK45uB
— 🌴 Charlie 🌴 (@Charlie3tweet) August 12, 2017
Left: Nigel Farage
Right: Nigel Farage
It doesn't start with Nazi salutes. pic.twitter.com/D9VqG2RhaV
— Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) August 12, 2017
Really Nigel? This is what happens when you stir up nationalism and blame everything on immigrants
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) August 13, 2017
Are you f*cking kidding me? This must be a joke, surely.
— Dominic Buxton (@MrDominicBuxton) August 12, 2017
A pro-Brexit, anti-immigration poster unveiled by Farage in the run-up to the EU referendum was likened to Nazi propaganda.
A matter of hours after his tweet about Nazi salutes, Farage went on to promote a book about “no-go zones” and “how sharia law is coming to a neighbourhood near you”, as well as praising Donald Trump’s speech on Charlottesville, in which he failed to specifically condemn white supremacy.
This elicited further disbelief...
Last three tweets from Farage. The cognitive disonance is astounding. pic.twitter.com/HbbcElpuhZ
— hrtbps (@hrtbps) August 13, 2017
Following the violence on Saturday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told the far-right supporters to “go home”.
He said: “I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today.
“Our message is plain and simple: Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.
“Shame on you.
“You pretend that you are patriots but you are anything but a patriot.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.