In footage circulating on social media, Jayda Fransen - former deputy leader of Britain First and an independent candidate in Glasgow Southside - was seen approaching the first minister on the campaign trail yesterday, and attempting to engage her in conversation.
“You’re a fascist and a racist,” Sturgeon said, walking away from Fransen and trying not to engage with her ‘rival’ who contested the same seat in yesterday’s election.
“Do you really think Marxism is best for Scotland?” Fransen asked Sturgeon, a social democrat, and claimed it was Sturgeon who was “racist”, apropos of nothing, and embarked on an anti-immigration rant.
But Sturgeon stayed firmly on message. “You are a fascist. You are a racist. And the Southside of Glasgow will reject you,” she said.
I so wish more mainstream politicians would call out racism like this rather than prevaricating or appeasing. Nicol… https://t.co/i4vOeoSgsu
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@Hannah Jane Parkinson)
Fransen cuts a controversial figure. She was sentenced to 36 weeks in prison in 2018 after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment and believes Islam should be banned. She has also been permanently banned from Twitter, which is useful because Donald Trump got himself into trouble for retweeting Islamophobic videos she shared.
Sturgeon herself said she was “confident” Fransen would be defeated:
Glasgow Southside is the most diverse and multi-cultural constituency in Scotland - one of the many things that mak… https://t.co/rVGteMebsJ