Last night, results were announced for the EU Parliamentary elections. Tommy Robinson wasn't among the winners — despite receiving the largest number of votes of any independent candidate in UK history.
Instead the brand new Brexit Party, formed only a few weeks ago by Nigel Farage, stormed into the lead, taking votes from the left and the right.
It's possible that between the Brexit Party and Farage's previous party, UKIP, potential voters for Tommy Robinson were spread too thin among candidates who shared their conservative, populist views.
Our reporter Jessica Swietoniowski was embedded in Tommy's campaign, and a clear pattern emerged from the beginning:
It was Tommy's working class supporters vs. virtually everyone else: the police, Muslim protesters, the mainstream media — and of course, social media giants.
Only a few months ago, Tommy Robinson had the third biggest Facebook account in the entire UK, with nearly a million followers. Not anymore: Tommy has been deplatformed by Facebook, along with Twitter and YouTube. Payment processing company Stripe dropped his election campaign account; when Tommy sent campaign fliers through the mail, unionized postal workers violated the law by not only bragging about not delivering his fliers, but bragging about it on Twitter.
How else to describe this except as interference in an election campaign?
I think Silicon Valley used Tommy as a test case. They deplatformed him during an election, and few people complained. So who will they target next?
Tommy Robinson joins me tonight to talk about what factors contributed to his loss, what's next for him (besides being taken back to court on July 4) and his warning to other politicians, including Donald Trump, that voices are being silenced on all platforms.