‘Gay donkey raped my horse’ candidate runs for UKIP leader again
Jonathan Rees-Evans, who claimed a gay donkey raped his horse, has launched another bid to lead to the UK Independence Party.
The Brexit-backing UK Independence Party is holding its third leadership election in 12 months, following the successive resignations of Nigel Farage, Diane James, and Paul Nuttall.
John Rees-Evans, who is best known for claiming that a “homosexual donkey” tried to rape his horse, today announced he would be standing again.
The outspoken activist made the claim in 2014.
Mr Rees-Evans insisted: “Actually I’ve witnessed that. I was personally quite amazed.
“I’ve got a horse, it was in the fields, and a donkey came up – my horse is a stallion.
“A donkey came up which is male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse.
“My horse bit the side of the donkey, and I had to give my horse a slap to protect the donkey.”
Rees-Evans ran for UKIP leader during the last election, nine months ago.
He came last with just 2775 votes.
During the race, Mr Rees-Evans insisted that homophobic views should be “entirely acceptable” within UKIP.
Speaking about UKIP candidate Alan Craig, who has attacked the “Nazi expansionist ambitions” of the “gay-rights storm troopers” and compared same-sex adoption to “child trafficking”, Mr Rees-Evans insisted his views were not unacceptable.
He said: “It is entirely acceptable for a UKIP candidate to have any views that he likes.
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“He’s not homophobic, what he’s saying is that the LGBT militant wing, not people who happen to be gay or lesbian, but people who go and protest against Christians’ rights, these people are militants.”
He added: “It’s interesting, because my campaign manager, who happens to identify himself as gay, would say pretty much the same thing. He very much opposes this militant attitude that a lot of the LGBT, you know…”
Asked if racist views would be accepted, Mr Rees-Evans continued: “I’d need you to define what you mean by racist.”
There are several openly gay candidates in the race, including London Assembly member Peter Whittle, and outspoken Scottish leader David Coburn.
Anne Marie Waters, an activist with hardline anti-Islam groups, has also announced plans to run.