President Donald Trump retweeted a series of shocking anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British politician Wednesday morning, sparking swift and searing responses in the U.K. The videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First.
The videos Trump retweeted read: “VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!” and “VIDEO: Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”
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A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke out against the videos, saying "It was wrong for the president to have done this."
One of the first reactions was from the widower of Jo Cox, the British parliamentarian who was murdered by an assassin who shouted "Britain first" during the killing. Brendan Cox wrote, "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."
Other reactions included current British MP Yvette Cooper, who wrote, "Cdnt have imagined there was anything left Trump could do to shock me. But promoting views of woman convicted of hate crime from far right hate group is appalling. UK Gov't must condemn."
David Lammy, a Labour MP, wrote, "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."
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for Thereas May's government to take action, "I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society."
Another Twitter user cleverly pointed out how Trump's retweets violate the platforms user guidelines against incitement and hate speech. In a message to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the user wrote, "hey @Jack @biz @twitter one of your users is violating terms of service by retweeting targeted hate propaganda. Is this the site you wanted?"
After Trump retweeted the videos, Fransen quickly responded on Twitter, saying: “DONALD TRUMP HIMSELF HAS RETWEETED THESE VIDEOS AND HAS AROUND 44 MILLION FOLLOWERS! GOD BLESS YOU TRUMP! GOD BLESS AMERICA!”