Trump Retweets British Far Right Anti-Muslim Videos

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President Donald Trump has sparked controversy by retweeting anti-Muslim videos from the British far-right extremist group Britain First.

The tweets, which had been posted by Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, contained videos showing people Fransen said were Muslim, including a man breaking a statue of the Virgin Mary and another man, who Fransen claimed was a Muslim migrant, assaulting a man who was on crutches, according to BBC.

Trump retweeted the videos on the morning of Nov. 29, sparking a mix of outrage from many mainstream figures and praise from members of the extreme right.

Britain First is a group founded by members of Britain's far-right British National Party, and has sparked controversy with its statements about immigrants, abortion and Muslims.

The anti-Muslim videos the president retweeted included captions like, "VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death," and, "VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches."

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After Trump's retweets, Fransen thanked Trump, tweeting, "Donald Trump himself has retweeted these videos and has around 44 million followers! God bless you Trump! God bless America!"

The retweets led to an outpouring of condemnation from political leaders and pundits.

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May called Trump's decision to retweet the videos "wrong," reports the Daily Beast.

"Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions," said the prime minister's spokesperson. "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."

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"I hope our government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump," wrote Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. "They are abhorrent, dangerous, and a threat to our society."

British Member of Parliament Jo Cox was shot and killed by a right-wing extremist inspired by Britain First, who yelled "Britain First" as he shot her. Her husband, Brendan Cox, tweeted to condemn Trump's actions.

"Trump has legitimized the far right in his own country, now he's trying to do it in ours," wrote Brendan Cox. "Spreading hatred has consequences and the president should be ashamed of himself."

"What the hell are you doing retweeting a bunch of unverified videos by Britain First, a bunch of disgustingly racist far-right extremists?" tweeted commentator Piers Morgan, who has previously referred to himself as a "friend" to Trump.

"Please STOP this madness and undo your retweets," added Morgan.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted his support for Trump's retweets.

"Trump retweets video of crippled white kid in Europe being beaten by migrants, and white people being thrown off a roof and then beaten to death. HE's condemned for showing us what the fake news media WON'T," tweeted Duke. "Thank God for Trump! That's why we love him!"

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that it didn't matter whether the videos retweeted by Trump were authentic, Business Insider reports.

"Whether it's a real video, the threat is real," said Sanders. "His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security."

The video that Trump had retweeted portraying a "Muslim migrant" beating a Dutch person was reported to have been a hoax, and the attacker was neither Muslim nor an immigrant.

Sources: BBC, The Daily Beast, Business Insider, Jeremy Corbyn/Twitter, Piers Morgan/Twitter, David Duke/Twitter / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Donald Trump/Twitter via BBC, Michael Vadon/Flickr

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