Donald Trump Retweets Disturbing Anti-Muslim Propaganda From Far-Right Nationalist Website

Donald Trump Retweets Disturbing Anti-Muslim Propaganda From Far-Right Nationalist Website

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President Donald Trump retweeted disturbing anti-Muslim videos Wednesday morning from a far-right, nationalist British website. The three videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right and ultra-nationalist political group. Two videos depict Muslims assaulting people and in the third, a Muslim man smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Trump, who has previously warned that immigration from Muslim-majority countries threatens European and U.S. national security, frequently retweets other messages whose political views he finds favorable. But he has rarely shared messages as offensive and explosive as he the anti-Muslim videos he shared Wednesday morning.

The retweets were immediately met with outrage in the United Kingdom and United States.

Shaun King tweeted, “I don’t think our nation understands how dangerous Trump’s tweets from this morning are. He is literally retweeting random anti-Muslim videos from one of the most bigoted groups in all of Britain. It’s absolutely disgusting.”

Even Piers Morgan, who Trump follows on Twitter, condemned the tweets. He wrote, “Good morning, Mr President @realDonaldTrump – what the hell are you doing retweeting a bunch of unverified videos by Britain First, a bunch of disgustingly racist far-right extremists? Please STOP this madness & undo your retweets.”

The Muslim Council of Britain slammed Trump, saying the retweets were “the clearest endorsement yet from the U.S. President of the far-right and their vile anti-Muslim propaganda.”

“We cannot give such bigotry a free pass. We hope our Prime Minister and Home Secretary will distance the U.K. from Mr. Trump and his comments, and will reiterate the government’s abhorrence to all forms of extremism,” the group said in a statement.

The U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations similarly condemned Trump’s retweets, saying he is “clearly telling members of his base that they should hate Islam and Muslims.”

Trump’s retweets of the videos have been raised in Parliament, with members of Parliament (MPs) demanding that the government condemns the President. The issue was raised as a point of order by MPs Yvette Cooper and Stephen Doughty, who asked the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, to respond to the tweets.

Doughty said:

It appears that the President of the United States has, in recent moments, been retweeting comments from far-fight organization Britain First – highly inflammatory videos, including some posted by an individual who I believe has recently been arrested and charged relating to certain serious offenses.

Other MPs used social media to add their vocalize their anger about Trump’s tweets. Chris Bryant wrote, “Donald Trump is inciting religious hatred in this country by retweeting the convicted racist.”

MP David Lammy said:

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. Donald Trump you are not welcome in my country and my city.

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