The president’s tweets have now again sparked an international controversy, although it’s not as though the controversy his tweets have sparked is likely to dissuade him from posting more similar tweets in the future.
The tweets in question were retweets, to be specific, posted by the president early Wednesday morning. Trump retweeted videos posted by far right British activist Jayda Fransen meant to stoke fear and hatred of Muslims among the general population.
None of the videos’ origins are made clear; instead, they are simply titled in inflammatory fashions. They all depict supposedly Muslim individuals committing various acts of violence, but to suggest that because one Muslim somewhere committed an act of violence, we should hate and fear all Muslims is ridiculous.
Even still, that didn’t stop the president from retweeting the inflammatory videos anyway.
Check out one of the unsourced videos below.
VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! pic.twitter.com/11LgbfFJDq
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 28, 2017
Trump retweeting videos from Fransen has not sat over well with the members of British government.
During a session of the House of Commons on Wednesday, Labour MP Stephen Doughty rose to offer some comments about the situation, saying:
‘You may not be aware, Mr. Speaker, nor others in the House, but it appears that the president of the United States has, in recent moments been retweeting comments from a far right organization ‘Britain First,’ highly inflammatory videos, including some posted by an individual who I believe has recently been arrested and charged relating to certain serious offenses.’
Doughty asked the House Speaker, John Bercow, whether he knew of any planned statement addressing Trump’s tweets on the part of either the British Home Secretary of the Foreign Secretary.
“I am not myself one who tends to follow what is said on Twitter,” Bercow commented, adding that the Home Secretary was welcome to make a statement about the matter.
During their exchange, other members of the House of Commons vocally expressed their support for Doughty, with one calling out that the president’s retweets were “disgraceful.”
Labour MP Yvette Cooper then rose to add her own comments about the situation.
‘I understand that the woman in question has indeed already been convicted of hate crime in this country, and on that basis, given the significance and the seriousness of having the president of the United States giving her such a huge platform, does [Bercrow] not think it would be appropriate for us to hear some word of condemnation… from the Home Secretary?’
Bercrow insisted at that point that the Home Secretary was welcome to make a statement at any time but was under no obligation to do so.
Check out the video below.
Point of Order raised in British House of Commons regarding President Trump’s tweets. pic.twitter.com/w4ZIDMMZGo
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 29, 2017
She has been convicted of similar charges in the past, having been convicted in late 2016 for harassing a Muslim woman wearing a hijab.
Others have spoken out against the president besides just the above mentioned members of Parliament.
Brendan Cox, the husband of a woman who was killed while serving as a member of Parliament by a man shouting “Britain first!” — the name of Fransen’s group — wrote on Twitter:
‘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.’
As Labour MP David Lammy put it on Twitter:
‘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.’
Even the office of Prime Minister Teresa May spoke out against the president, issuing a statement that reads:
‘It is wrong for the president to have done this… Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddles lies and stoke tensions. They cause anxiety to law abiding people.’
For their part, Fransen and the other members of her group were seemingly overjoyed at the attention paid them by the president of the United States.
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