Katie Hopkins has deleted a tweet which showed her posing with a Swedish journalist known for claiming the Holocaust never happened.
The picture, screengrabbed by another Twitter user, shows Hopkins with Peter Sweden.
The original tweet was captioned: “Good to meet Team C-Star @DefendEuropeID in Sicily. Young people, 8 nations, crowd-funded, shining a light on NGO people traffickers in Med.”
This was then deleted and replaced with another tweet without the picture of Sweden and different wording.
Sweden has previously used Twitter to question the fact that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust as well as expressing some sympathies for the policies of Adolf Hitler.
He also believes the Jews and the Vatican are colluding in a plot to create a New World Order which is seeking to undermine Europe by moving Muslim populations under the guise of the current refugee crisis.
Not to mention his views on the porn industry.
It appears both Hopkins and Sweden are in Sicily investigating the role of charities in the rescue of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
The Defend Europe group tagged in the tweets as well as a number of right-wing commentators are accusing charities such as Save the Children of effectively acting as human traffickers by rescuing them from peril.
Hopkins has even questioned handing life jackets to people in the water.
Hopkins appears to be meeting the crew spending the week on the C-Star, a ship chartered by far-right activists to hinder search-and-rescue attempts and “save Europe and to save lives”.
The trip is being financed by a crowdfunding campaign which raised £91,000. The mission’s stated aim is to “document the doings of the NGOs, expose their collaboration with the human smugglers, and intervene if they do something illegal”.
And the blonde lady pictured with Hopkins is Canadian Lauren Southern, 20.
Hopkins will be wary of being photographed with a Holocaust denier such as Sweden after she was fired from her LBC radio show after she tweeted remarks in the wake of the Manchester bombing that some interpreted as calls for ethnic cleansing.
She wrote: “22 dead – number rising. Schofield. Don’t you even dare. Do not be part of the problem. We need a final solution. #Manchester.”
Hopkins has been contacted for comment.
UPDATE: Peter Sweden has released a statement claiming he has “grown older and learnt more about life” and therefore is no longer a Holocaust denier and doesn’t stand by the tweets he posted last October.