Donald Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim propaganda videos and kindled a firestorm in the U.S. and Great Britain. In the process, he made a new friend, the deputy leader of the hate group, Britain First, Jayda Fransen.
Police arrested the hate leader in 2016 after she verbally attacked a woman wearing a burka, in front of her four children. She was charged with “religiously aggravated harassment.” Fransen and her group went on what they call “Christian Patrols” through neighborhoods they knew have large numbers of Muslim residents when she encountered the woman.
The group’s deputy leader claimed that Muslim men forced women to wear the head-to-toe garment so they would not be raped, according to CBS News:
‘Because they (Muslim men) cannot control their sexual urges. That’s why they are coming into my country raping women across the continent.’
Fransen was convicted. Then, she got into trouble again.
Next month, Franson heads to court once again. This time, police charged her with “threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behavior” during a speech she gave last summer in Belfast, North Ireland.
The hate group’s deputy leader made a video where she addressed Donald Trump personally:
‘I am appealing to you for your help. I am appealing for your intervention before I am thrown in jail, and others receive the same treatment, for simply speaking out. God bless you, President Donald Trump.’
The woman argued that her words were protected free speech. Then, CBS reported that she said that her arrest showed:
‘Britain has become sharia-compliant, and our establishment have now instituted legislation that constitutes blasphemy laws.’
When Fransen spoke at the August rally in Belfast, Ireland where she was arrested, she condemned the Muslim’s holy book and said:
‘We are at war with Islam. The world is at war with Islam. Jihad and Islam are one and the same. Every single Muslim is obliged to kill you, and your husbands and your wives and your children… Islam says that every single one of you wonderful people here today, deserves to be killed.’
British Member of Parliament Yvette Cooper asked her fellow ministers to condemn Trump for supporting Fransen and asked them to remember that Fransen had already been convicted of her crime:
‘[Fransen] has indeed already been convicted of hate crime. Given the significance and the seriousness of the president of the United States giving her such a huge platform.’
Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson released a statement, saying:
‘(It was) wrong for the president to have done this. Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of
hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions.
‘They cause anxiety to law-abiding people. 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.’
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) November 30, 2017
The leader of Britain’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, sent out a tweet:
‘I hope our government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.’
One of the videos Trump retweeted from Fransen’s site has already been debunked. The dark-haired boy who was shown attacking a blond boy on crutches was neither a Muslim nor an immigrant to Holland.
Trump felt as if retweeting the propaganda was no big deal. He suggested May:
‘Focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!’
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that it did not matter if the videos Trump retweeted were not verified, because he was simply trying to point out the threat Islamic extremism was to the U.S. She added that this was part of his intent to urge the country to secure its borders against that threat.
London’s current mayor is the city’s first Muslim to hold that position. Mayor Sadiq Khan suggested that the U.K. cancel Trump’s state visit. He said the U.S. president was promoting “a vile, extremist group,” and Trump’s official state visit “would not be welcomed.”
Featured Image via Getty Images/Mark Wilson.
H/T: CBS News.