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Olmstead writes: "On Wednesday morning, President Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos originally tweeted by the deputy leader of the far-right British group Britain First, sparking condemnation among some in the U.K.'s parliament."

Jayda Fransen of the far-right organization Britain First marches in London on April 1. (photo: Daniel Leal-OlivasAFP/Getty)
Jayda Fransen of the far-right organization Britain First marches in London on April 1. (photo: Daniel Leal-OlivasAFP/Getty)


Trump Retweets Series of Horrific Anti-Muslim Videos Posted by Far-Right British Group

By Molly Olmstead, Slate

29 November 17

 

n Wednesday morning, President Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos originally tweeted by the deputy leader of the far-right British group Britain First, sparking condemnation among some in the U.K.’s parliament.

The videos, which Trump retweeted hours apart, show what it calls examples of Muslim violence. The first retweeted video is captioned, “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” and shows a 35-second-long video of a young man punching and kicking another young man on crutches.

According to BuzzFeed, the clip went viral in May and led to the arrest of a 16-year-old boy. The sister website of the one that posted the video has claimed no migrants were involved in the incident.

(photo: Slate)

The second video, captioned “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!,” shows a calm-looking man pick up a statue and drop it on the ground.

(photo: Slate)

The third, and most disturbing, video is captioned “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!” In it, in a relatively chaotic scene, a young man is pushed off the top of a building to the sound of a woman screaming, though it’s hard to tell exactly what is happening. It does appear that after the man falls, a small crowd gathers around to kick him.

According to BuzzFeed, the clip came from the 2013 overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and the man who pushed the young man was found guilty of murder and hanged.

(photo: Slate)

Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, appeared pleased with the president’s retweets, as she subsequently tweeted out links to news articles about them. Fransen, who was elected deputy leader of the extremist group in 2014, was arrested earlier this month for a speech she gave in August for a group called “Northern Ireland Against Terrorism.” Fransen was also found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment a year ago after she shouted at a woman wearing a hijab during what her group called a “Christian Patrol.”

Many were quick to decry Trump’s retweets. Even Paul Joseph Watson, an InfoWars editor, wrote that it was “not great optics.”

Brendan Cox, the husband of British Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in 2016 by a far-right extremist, tweeted that Trump was trying to spread hate beyond the United States and legitimize Britain’s far-right groups:

In the House of Commons, Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Stephen Doughty called for the British government to condemn Trump’s actions, according to the Independent.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna also called for Trump’s state visit invitation to be withdrawn.

According to the Independent, several members of the House of Commons shouted “disgraceful” when Trump’s retweets were mentioned.

Update, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at 12:05 p.m.: Later Wednesday, the spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement from May’s office condemning Trump's actions:

Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions. They cause anxiety to law-abiding people.

British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the antithesis of the values this country represents, decency, tolerance and respect. It is wrong for the president to have done this.


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+2 # draypoker 2017-11-30 06:26
I don't think anyone in Britain had heard of this minute fascist group before Trump gave it publicity for its repulsive views - which he clearly shares.
 
 
+4 # ChrisCurrie 2017-11-30 08:36
Those atrocities referred to by Donald Trump pale in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of American men, women, children, babies, and fetuses that our Republicans in Congress are presently attempting to literally KILL (by denying them healthcare in their “tax reform” proposal) in order to please their MALICIOUSLY GREEDY corporate and billionaire sponsors!
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2017-11-30 14:40
Quoting ChrisCurrie:
Those atrocities referred to by Donald Trump pale in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of American men, women, children, babies, and fetuses that our Republicans in Congress are presently attempting to literally KILL (by denying them healthcare in their “tax reform” proposal) in order to please their MALICIOUSLY GREEDY corporate and billionaire sponsors!

- for this fine comment, thanks! - repukes kill! - it can't be mentioned too much!
 
 
+2 # PCPrincess 2017-11-30 10:22
Just a quick reminder: Bernie would have won.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2017-11-30 12:40
Quoting PCPrincess:
Just a quick reminder: Bernie would have won.

- strange? another chicken counter?

how do you know hillary didn't win?

if hillary didn't win? how you know repuke secretaries of state woulda counted bernie's votes?

note that 29 states struck the rolls of everyone with a latino name where someone else had the same first and last name - hundreds and hundreds of latinos, if not every latino's vote did not count! - or didn't you get the memo?

also note that repuke corporations design hackable voting machines and repukes use no necessary precautions, with the result that exit pols do not match vote totals! - or didn't you get the memo?

yes, bernie could have won, and so coulda hillary, but repukes will do whatever it takes to win, so nothing is certain, nothing. so saith robbee!

as we speak rump has a commission working to suppress as many MORE votes as repukes can, headed by the party's premier vote suppressor

meanwhile our new gang of 5 supremes is ready, willing and eager to conclude that repukes are free to suppress votes

i bet you're another one who published here that hillary would win in 2016 - not me, but then i'm no chicken counter! - who else but i did not predict a hillary win? any takers?
 
 
0 # Robbee 2017-11-30 14:34
has our dickhead, hate-criminal-i n-chief, finally gone too far?

Trump Retweets Series of Horrific Anti-Muslim Videos Posted by Far-Right British Group, 29 November 17

at a time when he's pushing senators to tax deform, he challenges repukes to get off his bandwagon?

before the protestant reformation, catholics tortured and killed jews

the "30 year war" between protestants and catholics killed off a larger percentage of europeans than WWI and/or WWII

in early america protestants burnt "witches"

does he think muslims don't pray to the same god? rump is a real dick! when will it be p.c. here on rsn simply to vote against a dickhead? what made what we knew by november 2016, not enough?
 
 
0 # Enoch E Birch 2017-12-02 09:42
Britain First, eh? It couldn't be, could it, that the right-wing American spokesmen from Central Casting who mindlessly defended Trump's tweets on British TV, where it was pointed out to them that the Dutch right-wing video of the incident with the boy on crutches had been shown beyond reasonable doubt not to involve any Muslim aggressor, have been brainwashed into believing that any group under the title "Fill out the blank nation-First" is bound to be pro-Trump? Including "North Korea First"?
 

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