President Donald Trump shed all semblance of decency on Twitter Wednesday as he repeatedly shared anti-Muslim propaganda videos to his 43 million followers.
Trump retweeted three dubiously titled and unverified videos like “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” that were initially posted by Jayda Fransen, the leader of a racist ultranationalist British party.
He did not comment on any of the videos, and his only goal appears to be to stir more racial resentment using his platform.
Trump shared videos with titles, “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”; “VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”; and “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!”
In actuality, the Muslim migrant who “beat up” a Dutch boy on crutches was neither Muslim nor a migrant, as Dutch media has pointed out.
The “Islamist mob” video actually showed the violence in Egypt following the overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi. The man responsible for attacking the teen was hanged for murder.
So not only was the president stoking hate, he is also sharing unverified and debunked propaganda.
After the racist violence in Charlottesville, Trump insisted, “When I make a statement, I like to be correct…. Before I make a statement, I need the facts.” There is clearly no such standard for videos disparaging Muslims.
The videos originated with Fransen, the deputy leader of the Britain First Party.
That party may sound familiar because it was invoked in the murder of Labour Party parliament member Jo Cox in 2016.
“In June 2016, the Labour party parliament member Jo Cox was killed by an assailant alleged to have shouted ‘Britain first!’” The Washington Post reports. “Leaders of the Britain First group said there were no ties between the attacker and their organization. The assailant, however, had links to neo-Nazi groups.”
On Wednesday, Cox’s husband Brendan Cox tweeted, “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.”
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
Fransen herself has a long track record of racist attacks targeting Muslims. Last year she was found guilty of a hate crime for hurling abuse at a Muslim woman who was with her four children.
According to Vice, Fransen was also charged with “religiously aggravated harassment over the distribution of leaflets and the posting of online videos during the trial of Muslim men who were subsequently found guilty of rape.”
“She is due to appear in court in Northern Ireland in December charged with using threatening and abusive language in connection with a speech she made at an anti-terrorism demonstration earlier this year,” Vice reports.
After Trump retweeted the videos, British lawmaker David Lammy tweeted, “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,” he 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.
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 29, 2017
A number of other lawmakers called for Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom to be canceled.
Labour MP Chuka Umunna told Sky News, “I certainly think if we are seen to be in any way as a country endorsing this, I think we are going to be in very troubled waters.”
Imagine how America feels.