Thursday, November 30, 2017

UK Leaders Slam Trump For Retweeting Misleading Anti-Muslim Videos Posted By British Hate Group


On Wednesday Donald Trump retweeted a series of overtly Islamophobic videos shared by an nationalist, anti-Muslim, right wing hate group known as "Britain First".

The videos posted by the group and Trump claim to show violent crimes committed by Muslims.

This was not the case though.


Trump’s first retweet shows a boy beating another boy on crutches. The caption says: “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” Yet the video’s original caption, released with the video in May on a Dutch website, mentioned neither race nor religion. And the 16-year-old pictured in the video was in fact not a migrant but born in the Netherlands, the Dutch embassy in the U.S. confirmed. He and another 16-year-old who shot the video were charged for provoking the fight.


A second video entitled "Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary" appears to show a man destroying a Virgin Mary statue. An Iranian news site claims the man shown in the video belongs to the al Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra. The site says the video dates to 2013 and was taken in a church in a northwestern Syrian town.


And the third video titled "Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death" which shows a group of men, including one who appears to wear the flag of the self-described Islamic State, throwing another man off a roof. The video shared by France 24 in 2013 instead shows a mob of angry men in Alexandria, Egypt with the fate of the "teenagers" unknown at the end of the clip.

Trump’s endorsement of the videos was instantly denounced by the British government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Trump as “wrong” for retweeting the anti-Muslim videos, reviving tensions between the two governments saying...

It is wrong for the President to have done this. 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.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who called on Trump to “delete these tweets and to apologize to the British people” issued a statement claiming the president...

 “used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country. Many Brits who love America and Americans will see this as a betrayal of the special relationship between our two countries. It beggars belief that the President of our closest ally doesn’t see that his support of this extremist group actively undermines the values of tolerance and diversity that makes Britain so great.

U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday encouraged his government to condemn Trump...


British lawmaker Chuka Umunna told Sky News...

"I don’t think the president of the United States, a president that has not only promoted bigotry, misogyny and racism in his own country, I don’t think he is welcome here,

Brendan Cox, the husband of British parliamentarian Jo Cox who was murdered by a follower of the "Britain First" group, accused Trump of legitimizing the far right in the U.S., and now in the U.K....


The Muslim Council of Britain said that Trump’s retweets were the...

clearest endorsement yet from the US President of the far-right and their vile anti-Muslim propaganda" and that “We cannot give such bigotry a free pass,

Even the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C., corroborated the perpetrator’s real identity in a tweet directed at Trump that began pointedly, “Facts do matter,”...


Trump responded only to the Prime Minister saying that May should instead “focus on” terrorism in the U.K. rather than his social media behavior but sent the tweet to the wrong Theresa May... because of course he did.

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