London Mayor Sadiq Khan made a rare and surprising statement yesterday when he accidentally referred to Adolf Hitler as “far-right,” marking one of the few times he has correctly used the term.
Khan, a member of the left-wing Labour Party, was speaking at a rally in support of multiculturalism and diversity when he made the slip-up.
“We must stand together against the far-right and their divisive, hateful ideology,” Khan said, before quickly correcting himself. “I mean, the Nazis. Sorry, force of habit.”
The crowd was reportedly stunned by the Mayor’s sudden display of political correctness.
“Did Sadiq Khan just say something right for once?” one attendee asked, still in disbelief.
However, some critics were quick to point out that Khan’s mistake may have been intentional, given his history of controversial statements.
“Sadiq Khan knows exactly what he’s doing,” said right-wing commentator Nigel Farage. “He’s just trying to appease the woke mob by pretending to care about the evils of the far-right.”
Despite the backlash, Khan stood by his statement, insisting that he was simply trying to raise awareness of the dangers of extremism.
“Whether it’s the far-right, the far-left, or any other form of extremism, we must remain vigilant and stand up for our values,” Khan said in a statement.
As for Hitler, the Mayor had no comment on the infamous dictator’s political leanings, but did suggest that he was not a fan.
“I think it’s safe to say that Hitler was not a champion of diversity and inclusion,” Khan said with a wry smile.