Ann Coulter, the right-wing American pundit and provocateur who may have been the source of the controversial anti-Mulsim videos retweeted by U.S. President Donald Trump, admitted she did not know the 'Britain First' organization and did not "check their bio" prior to spreading their hateful message online.
Coulter explained there was no need for her to know who the ultranationalist group was before spreading their videos online, telling BBC Radio: "A video is a video is a video." Britain First is an ultranationalist group which grew out of the British Nationalist Party, a far-right fascist party, which failed to enter parliament.
Coulter is one of just 45 people Trump follows on Twitter, and it is thought he may have retweeted three videos posted by Britain First after seeing them on her timeline.
"I have a little tip for you," she told interviewer Nick Robinson. "You need to spend a little time on Twitter and figure out that people retweeting videos are not researching the bios of the people who sent the video. A video is a video is a video. It's not a fake video."
Confronted with the suggestion that she was spreading "fake news" by claiming one of the films showed a "migrant" beating up a Dutch man, when in fact both people pictured were citizens of the Netherlands. Coulter said: "Nobody cares about `migrant' against 'child of migrant'. He is not a 10th-generation Dutchman, he is beating up a 10th-generation Dutchman."
She added: "Anybody can look at this video and see it is a Middle Easterner. If you would prefer, we'll say 'Middle Easterners born in the Netherlands.' but if you don't accept that, we're going straight back to `Middle Eastern' in another 30 seconds. It could not be more supremely irrelevant - it is a difference without a distinction. "The issue is all these Middle Easterners and Muslims being brought in. To pretend there's no difference between a 10th-generation Dutch person and a migrant or the child of a migrant is preposterous.
Coulter weighed in on if Trump's criticism of Prime Minister May, a close ally, was deserved, saying: "Yeah, after she attacked him? Sure."
She added: "I think he has only given as good as he gets. I think he has been verbally attacked from the mother country for a lot longer than he has been attacking Britain."
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