On Tuesday night, Donald Trump retweeted three separate anti-muslim videos from the deputy leader of a far right group called Britain First. The first video (Pictured above) claimed to be of a Muslim migrant assaulting a Dutch boy on crutches. This was followed shortly after by two other videos. One depicted a man smashing a statue of the virgin Mary, and states “No-one but Allah will be worshipped in the land of the Levant,”. The other shows a gruesome scene where a man is pushed from a roof top, and is then beaten to death by men below.
Viewers of the inflammatory videos expressed discontent with the Presidents decision to share them. The husband of a member of Britain’s Parliament who was murdered by a far-right extremist responded to the video’s on Twitter by saying
“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.”
A spokesperson who was in communication with Theresa May also condemned the videos by stating
“Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions,”
Theresa May herself stated it was “wrong” of Trump to post these videos for his followers to see.
Dutch officials then came forward to correct the caption of the first video claiming the assault was conducted by a “Muslim migrant”.
The perpetrator of the violent act in this video was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law.
Comments from White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Donald Trump himself followed in the President’s defense. Sanders defended Trump by saying “these are real threats that we have to talk about” and “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real,”. Then just moments ago Trump fired back towards Theresa May by tweeting
You can view the videos (posted Tuesday night) on President Donald Trump’s official Twitter feed here: