Donald Trump faces flak for retweeting anti-Muslim videos posted by far-right British politician

Washington: President Donald Trump retweeted a series of inflammatory videos Wednesday that purport to show violence being committed by Muslims.

Trump posted the messages early in the morning, retweeting them from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First, a small fringe group whose profile was elevated by Trump's attention.

The group's tweets read:

Britain First is a far-right group that opposes multiculturalism and what it calls the "Islamisation" of Britain. It has run candidates in local and national elections, with little success, and has campaigned against the construction and expansion of mosques.

Screengrab of the Donald Trump's twitter account.

Screengrab of the Donald Trump's twitter account.

Trump did not offer any explanation for why he retweeted the videos. He offered harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric during his presidential campaign and has sought to ban immigrants from certain Muslim-majority nations. After Trump retweeted the videos, Fransen quickly responded on Twitter:

Fransen has been charged with causing religiously aggravated harassment over leaflets and videos that were distributed during a criminal trial earlier this year.

She has separately been charged with using "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior" over a speech she made in Northern Ireland in August. She is currently on bail. She was convicted last year of religiously aggravated harassment and fined after hurling abuse at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab.

Trump's retweets were condemned by Brendan Cox, whose lawmaker wife Jo Cox was murdered last year by an attacker with far-right views.

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's tweets were also condemned by TV host Piers Morgan, who tweeted:


Updated Date: Nov 29, 2017 19:59 PM

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