The s****t abuse women reported in 2014 has engulfed public life – and one of its perpetrators is a Ukip candidate
For luckier people than me, this week will have been the first time they’ve ever heard of Carl Benjamin (or Sargon of Akkad, as he is better known online). The fact that a Ukip candidate has been discovered to have said something hideous felt like such routine news, it would hardly have registered with me if I hadn’t immediately recognised the candidate in question.
Benjamin (or Sargon of Akkad, as he is better known online) tweeted in 2016 that he “wouldn’t even rape” the Labour MP Jess Phillips. He revisited the topic in a recent video on his million-subscriber YouTube channel and is now being investigated by the police. It’s a sorry story from a candidate in the European elections, but Phillips is far from the only woman Benjamin has harassed online. He has built his entire platform on it.