On Tuesday evening, Donald Trump retweeted a series of anti-Muslim hate-spots posted by ultra-right white nationalist group Britain First. The videos had no news worthy content. None of them was from the United States. None of them was less than two years old. All of them were designed for no other purpose than to push hate-filled lies about Muslims. At least one of the videos happened to be a complete lie. It purported to show a “Muslim migrant” beating up a Dutch boy on crutches. Only it didn’t. Trump eventually got a correction from the Dutch ambassador.
.@realDonaldTrump Facts do matter. The perpetrator of the violent act in this video was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law.
— Netherlands Embassy Ã°ÂÂÂºÃ°ÂÂÂ¸ (@NLintheUSA) November 29, 2017
Then British PM Theresa May offered a bit of advice about Trump promoting propaganda from violent white nationalists in what amounts to the British Nazi Party.
“It is wrong for the president to have done this,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement. … “This causes anxieties to law abiding people. The British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudice rhetoric of the far-right, which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents; decency, tolerance and respect.”
But by this evening, Trump had had enough of people correcting him with facts and logic.
Theresa @theresamay, donÃ¢ÂÂt focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
Yeah, take that @theresamay … which is the Twitter account of someone with 6 followers who is definitely not the British Prime Minister.
Trump’s connection to the goosestepping alt-Reich isn’t winning many fans across the pond.
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
But Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it doesn’t matter that Trump showcased to millions around the world a video that was nothing but a lie created to fuel hatred.
“Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real. His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.”
Sure it was a lie. Sure it was designed to foster division and hate. And … your point?
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