Early this morning Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim messages from a British fascist group that made global headlines last year when one of its followers assassinated Labour MP Jo Cox while shouting the group’s name.
The Evening Standard reports:
Theresa May has condemned Donald Trump as “wrong” to share a string of anti-Muslim far-right videos online. The US President triggered a furious global backlash when he retweeted several unverified videos posted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First, Jayda Fransen.
Prime Minister Theresa May faced growing pressure to condemn President Trump’s retweets but for hours the UK Government was silent, releasing no official statement.
At shortly after 4pm, Number 10 told the Standard: “Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which 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 that this country represents – decency, tolerance and respect. It is wrong for the President to have done this.”
Following this morning’s retweets some members of Parliament have renewed calls to cancel Trump’s upcoming state visit, but May’s office today said the visit is still on. It appears Trump came across the Britain First tweets via Ann Coulter, who is one of the 45 accounts he follows on Twitter.