The leader of UKIP got ridiculed today after admitting he made up claims about losing closing friends in the Hillsborough disaster.
As the Guardian reported today:
In a post in 2012 about attempts to block publication of files relating to the disaster, Nuttall wrote: “Without them being made public we will never get to the bottom of that appalling tragedy when 96 Liverpool fans including close personal friends of mine lost their lives.”
In an interview with Liverpool’s Radio City News on Tuesday, however, Nuttall denied making the claim.
But when the presenter, Dave Easson, who was at Hillsborough on the day of the disaster, showed him the evidence that the claim had been made on his website, Nuttall replied: “I haven’t lost a close, personal friend. I’ve lost someone who I know.”
Nuttall then suggested that he was not responsible for the statement, saying: “I’m sorry about that, but that is something … I haven’t put that out. That is wrong.”
How sick do you have to be to use such a big tragedy for personal gain?
Here is the video
— Radio City News (@RadioCityNews) February 14, 2017
It took no time for people on social media to ridicule Nuttall over the incident.
While Paul Nuttall may have inflated his personal ties to Hillsborough, he tragically lost a close friend during the Bowling Green Massacre
— Sid Verma (@_SidVerma) February 14, 2017
To be fair to Paul Nuttall, he may have lied about Hillsborough, but he did lose some close personal friends in the Bowling Green Massacre.
— Chris Brookmyre (@cbrookmyre) February 14, 2017
The Bowling Green Massacre of course never happened, hence the joke.
It was an incident invented by the White House spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway.
Paul Nuttall not only survived The Bowling Green Massacre. He disarmed and apprehended the terrorists.
— Barry Pearce (@Mizzoryguts) February 11, 2017
— Jack Jazz (@JackkJazz) February 11, 2017
What a plonker