News ID: 205235
Published: 0300 GMT November 29, 2017

Trump blasted for spreading hatred by anti-Muslim tweets

Trump blasted for spreading hatred by anti-Muslim tweets
AP

Donald Trump has been criticized for his retweeting of three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy head of a British far-right group who has been convicted of a hate crime.

There was widespread outrage in Britain at the US president's retweets.

Trump on Wednesday retweeted three anti-Muslim videos. One of them purports to show a Muslim beating up a Dutch boy on crutches. Another is described as showing a group of people who are Muslim pushing a teenager of a rooftop.

The third allegedly depicts a Muslim throwing down and smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Brendan Cox, widower of MP Jo Cox who was murdered by a right-wing extremist last year, said: "Trump has legitimized the far right in his own country, now he's trying to do it in ours, AFP reported.

"Spreading hatred has consequences & the president should be ashamed of himself," AFP quoted him as saying.

Opposition Labour Party politicians in Britain called on Prime Minister Theresa May’s government to condemn Trump.

“I hope our government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump,” opposition Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote on Twitter. “They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society,” Reuters reported.

David Lammy, an MP for the opposition Labour Party, said: "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," he said.

Stephen Doughty, another Labour MP, said the videos were "highly inflammatory" and his colleague Yvette Cooper said Trump had given Fransen a "huge platform".

Fransen appeared to celebrate the retweets saying: "GOD BLESS YOU TRUMP! GOD BLESS AMERICA!"

The video of the Virgin Mary statue being wrecked has been on YouTube at least since 2013. It is labelled as showing an extremist in Syria destroying the statue.

The footage was posted by, deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First.

The group, which was formed in 2011 and is known for picketing outside mosques, has ran and lost in several British and European parliament elections.

Fransen was found guilty last year of a hate crime after hurling abuse at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab.

According to AFP, Fransen and Britain First leader Paul Golding were due to appear in court on Wednesday for a pre-trial review on charges of "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior" over a speech she made in Belfast.

Trump's interventions in British politics and controversial foreign policy have strained the so-called "special relationship".

He has infuriated British authorities with his tweets on terrorism in Britain, including highly publicized run-ins with London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Wednesday's retweets were part of an early morning burst in which Trump again dismissed CNN as "Fake News" and insisted the US economy was in "record territory" by many measures.

Trump also said consumer confidence was at an all-time high.

"I guess somebody likes me (my policies)!" the president wrote.

   
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