President Donald Trump retweeted a number of posts by the deputy leader of one of the U.K.’s most far-right, anti-Islamic activist groups.
Early Wednesday, the U.S. president retweeted three anti-Islamic videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, a group whose members are banned from mosques in England and Wales.
The group was formed in 2011 by former members of the British National Party (BNP) another well-known far-right, nationalist party. Its members campaign against multiculturalism and what they see as the Islamization of the country.
The Guardian reports that earlier this month Fransen was convicted of “religiously aggravated harassment” for verbally abusing a woman wearing a hijab.
So it’s not lost in the sauce here: Trump is promoting hatred of Muslims. That’s what those retweets were about. That is the content and the purpose of the tweets. https://t.co/DCHLxaePX0
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) November 29, 2017
President Trump retweets anti-Muslim videos posted by a British nationalist convicted of aggravated harassment https://t.co/S0uOyg96M8
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 29, 2017
Even InfoWars thinks Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets are a bad idea pic.twitter.com/OWIZKLWrCM
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) November 29, 2017
Disgraceful and tragic that a man whose wife’s murder was preceded by repeated shouts of “Britain First” should have to point this out. Solidarity with the Coxes; shame upon shame for Trump https://t.co/pjT80O2EnL
— Marina Hyde (@MarinaHyde) November 29, 2017
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.
— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) November 29, 2017
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD TRUMP, HAS RETWEETED THREE OF DEPUTY LEADER JAYDA FRANSEN’S TWITTER VIDEOS! DONALD TRUMP HIMSELF HAS RETWEETED THESE VIDEOS AND HAS AROUND 44 MILLION FOLLOWERS! GOD BLESS YOU TRUMP! GOD BLESS AMERICA! OCS @JaydaBF @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/BiQfQkTra9
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 29, 2017
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.
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 29, 2017
Oh my God, Trump just tweeted a Britain First far-right, ultranationalist account of a “Muslim boy beats up Dutch boy on crutches.” This is insane demonization of religious minorities by the President of the United States. It’s un-American. pic.twitter.com/U1C0ETeh6b
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) November 29, 2017
Donald Trump – US President – has RTd Jayden Fransen, deputy leader of far-right Britain First, someone arrested just last week for hate speech
— steve hawkes (@steve_hawkes) November 29, 2017
President Trump is retweeting the deputy leader of Britain First, a fringe, far-right, ultranationalist British group.
The “leader of the free world” is not only giving oxygen to fascists, but European fascists. Astonishing. pic.twitter.com/gPmydDMKoE
— ᴊᴀᴄᴋ ᴍᴏᴏʀᴇ جاك (@JFXM) November 29, 2017