President Donald Trump is in hot water this morning after retweeting three anti-Muslim videos from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the United Kingdom's far-right Britain First group. Last year, Fransen was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment by a UK court for verbally abusing a Muslim woman in front of her children.
A gunman who shot and killed British member of parliament Jo Cox in 2016, who had been campaigning for Britain to remain in the European Union at the time, reportedly shouted the name of the group before beginning his attack. Britain First denied involvement.
The videos were titled: “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”
At least one of the video descriptions is inaccurate, according to Snopes. The video which supposedly shows a "Muslim migrant" attacking a boy on crutches is from attack that occurred in the Netherlands back in May, and although police did not mention the religion of the attacker, Dumpert, the Dutch site that first shared the video, have since stated that the attacker wasn't Muslim.
The Dutch Embassy to the United States also confirmed that the attacker was not an immigrant.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the videos, but President Trump has since tweeted six more times, taking shots at CNN and at NBC over the revelation that Today Show host Matt Lauer had been fired over sexual harassment allegations.
Fransen took to Twitter to thank the President for promoting her tweets.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD TRUMP, HAS RETWEETED THREE OF DEPUTY LEADER JAYDA FRANSEN'S TWITTER VIDEOS! DONALD TRUMP HIMSELF HAS RETWEETED THESE VIDEOS AND HAS AROUND 44 MILLION FOLLOWERS! GOD BLESS YOU TRUMP! GOD BLESS AMERICA! OCS @JaydaBF @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/BiQfQkTra9— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 29, 2017
While the retweets were heavily criticised by members of the British parliament.
The move was also heavily criticised by social media users.
It's going to be a great day as US journalists find out about Britain First.— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) November 29, 2017
Quick primer: Stunt-loving anti-Muslim far-right social media troll group increasingly ignored even in the UK. At least until the US President started retweeting them. https://t.co/MmmiI7MKfE
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
Trump just retweeted Britain First conspiracy theory videos about Muslims.— Sakhr Al-Makhadhi (@syrianews) November 29, 2017
Donald Trump just RTd the deputy leader of Britain First, which has threatened “militant direct action” against elected Muslims, operates a “defence force”, and gives activists “self-defence training” on camping retreats.— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) November 29, 2017
Wrote this on them in January: https://t.co/82zsiEVWW7
Donald Trump spending the morning attacking Muslims by retweeting videos by an extremist group such as Britain First is low - even for his very low standards.— Damian Cullen (@Damian_Cullen) November 29, 2017
That Trump is retweeting Britain First tells us that he doesn't even buy his own slogan of America First.— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) November 29, 2017
It also shows that his version of nationalism is based on denigrating minorities, particularly Muslims.
This is insane.