Donald Trump retweets racist anti-Muslim videos from Britain First
Donald Trump has retweeted a series of anti-Muslim videos from Britain First's deputy leader Jayda Fransen.
Early this morning, Trump retweeted three videos supposedly displaying abusive Muslim behaviour from far-right extremist group Britain First's deputy leader Jayda Fransen.
Fransen's account, which is a mixture of her direct tweets and automatically scheduled ones, regularly shares far right propaganda with no verifiable source.
The videos Trump retweeted include supposed evidence of Muslims pushing a boy off a roof and beating 'him to death' and another showing a 'Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary.'
The content of these videos has not been independently verified, meaning that there is no evidence to support their captions.
The retweets come just after Frasen was charged for hate speech and aggravated harrassment at a rally in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for which she will stand before a Magistrate in December.
Trump's actions have been widely criticised as 'deplorable' by US and British politicians alike, with many highlighting the danger of promoting Britain First's illegal hate speech to a global audience.
I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 29, 2017
Trump sharing Britain First. Let that sink in. The President of the United States is promoting a fascist, racist, extremist hate group whose leaders have been arrested and convicted. He is no ally or friend of ours. @realDonaldTrump you are not welcome in my country and my city.— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 29, 2017
Obama invited Jo Cox husband and children to the White House. Trump retweets the fascists who peddle the hatred watched by the man who killed her.— Matt Redmore (@MattRedmore) November 29, 2017
Three months ago, President Trump explained why he didn’t just start tweeting condemnation of violence by Nazis he saw online: “I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement.”— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) November 29, 2017
Just raised point of order in Commons about the shocking #Trump tweets with Home Secretary present to hear - v serious concerns given content AND ongoing criminal proceedings. Serious questions too for @Twitter to answer.— Stephen Doughty (@SDoughtyMP) November 29, 2017
Among those condemning Trump's behaviour is Jo Cox's widower, Brendan Cox.
Jo Cox was murdered back in June 2016 by 52 year old Thomas Mair, who repeatedly shouted Britain First as he killed her.
Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) November 29, 2017
Seemingly ignorant of the flurry of condemnation surrounding these retweets, Trump's twitter feed ironically remains a site for him to lambast 'FAKE NEWS.'
Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
Similarly ignorant, Britain First has been quick to reveal it's own mind-boggling idiocy, automatically retweeting any publicity, even if it draws attention to their use of hate speech.
Donald Trump retweets hate messages from Britain First deputy leaderhttps://t.co/vSQCr3vMbR— Britain First (@BritainFirstHQ) November 29, 2017
Britain First have LITERALLY retweeted news outlets that refer to their tweets as 'hate speech.'
Glad you admit they’re hate messages. At least that’s clear.— Andy (@andybarton1969) November 29, 2017
Hahahahaha.— Dorling (@Dorling83) November 29, 2017
'We're not a hate group.'
So you propagate hate? You must be very proud of all this publicity.— Anton Goodman (@GoodmanAnton) November 29, 2017
So they are hate messages? Goodo. #fuckingmorons— Stuart Lauchlan (@WhoStu) November 29, 2017
The tweets remain both on Fransen and Trump's twitter feeds, despite no verification to prove their accuracy or truth.