British leaders condemn Trump for retweeting Islamophobic video clips

On Wednesday, President Trump retweeted a series of three video clips to his 43.7 million followers which depict Muslims engaging in abhorrent acts of violence.

Two of the videos purport to show Arabic individuals engaged in violent behavior against young men, while another claims to show a Muslim man committing an anti-Christian act by smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary against the ground.

Twitter marked the videos as sensitive media, meaning that they are considered to contain graphic violence.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders jumped to Trump’s defense at a Thursday press briefing, insisting the president was simply trying to “elevate the conversation” in regards to “extreme violence and extreme terrorism.”

Any reference to ISIS or Muslims in general was left out of Sanders’ comments.

“The threat is real and that’s what the President is talking about — is the need for national security, the need for military spending, and those are very real things and nothing’s fake about that,” she explained to a small group of reporters after appearing on Fox News.

The videos were originally posted to Twitter by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of right-wing UK nationalist group Britain First.   The group and Fransen herself have since thanked Trump for amplifying their message.

Despite the acknowledgement, when pressed whether Trump knew who Fransen was, Huckabee Sanders replied in the negative: “No, I don’t believe so.”

In response the public outcry that ensued, British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her disapproval of Trump’s actions, saying that retweeting Britain First’s videos “was the wrong thing to do.”

Other prominent British figures followed May’s lead and expressed similar sentiments via Twitter:


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