UKIP have been forced to publically laugh-off their embarrassment again today after Diane James mistook a random black audience member for US president Barack Obama during her appearance on Question Time.
When asked whether UKIP was a racist party, James gave a typically vague explanation as to how UKIP is not a bigoted institution, before declaring “We actually have many followers in the Black community. Isn’t that right, Mr. Obama?”
“The loudest silence in Question Time history” is what critics have branded the reaction to this moment.
Confusion was rife until Ms. James pointed and explained that Dwayne Hanwell, a 24 year old Politics M.A student from Birmingham, was in fact Mr. Barack Obama.
Hanwell says he was “completely thrown” by the remark, pointing out he is “mixed raced” and several decades younger than the president.
Driven maniacal with impending power, James had apparently become convinced Mr. Obama had come to cheer her on during her first Question Time appearance, and felt she had to address the elephant in the room.
Fellow UKIP member Godfrey Bloom is said to have been deeply embarrassed to be associated with Ms. James' ludicrous comments, calling her a “silly slut.”
James reportedly decided the only way of not appearing racist was to make the same blunder several more times, to infer that she must surely have been joking the whole time. Every time she spoke, James referred to another black audience member as other black celebrities.
“Isn’t that right, Denzel!” she said, as a caveat to points she made about immigration.
However, toward the end of the show, she appeared panicked, jokingly saying “haha, we seem to’ve run out of them, don’t we! Hurrah.”