Boris Johnson's official Facebook page has been flooded by hundreds of racist comments after he compared women who wear burkas to 'letterboxes'.
Vile Islamaphobic messages were left underneath several of the former foreign secretary's posts calling Muslims 'invaders', 'devil worshippers', and 'lepers' - according to a Sunday Times investigation.
One post calls for 'no Muslims in government, police or army', while another says: 'Come on Boris, you had the bottle to start getting rid of these bloody Muslims, just like Enoch [Powell] wanted to rid us of all yer bloody c**ns!'
A source close to Mr Johnson said: 'Mr Johnson totally condemns the hateful views posted by a small minority on these Facebook pages, brought to light by The Sunday Times.
'However it is ridiculous to attack Mr Johnson for comments made by individuals on social media when even the official website and Facebook page of the Times and Sunday Times host racist and Islamophobic messages from page visitors.'
Allies of the former foreign secretary indicated that, to date, his team had not 'censored' comments on his Facebook page - including those attacking him - as he believed in free speech and that people should be able to contact their elected representatives easily.
They pointed out that Facebook was responsible for moderating Facebook pages, with a staff of 15,000 to investigate and remove offensive postings.
Johnson is currently the subject of an internal Conservative Party investigation after he penned a controversial article in the Telegraph describing women who wear burkas as resembling 'letterboxes' and 'bank robbers'.
Prime Minister Theresa May called on Johnson to apologise over the article saying his comments 'obviously have offended'.
However, several of his supporters appealed to the former foreign secretary not to apologise and called the criticism of him a 'show trial' to stop him challenging Mrs May for the Tory leadership.
Mr Johnson has yet to comment publicly on the furore over his Telegraph article.
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