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US President Donald Trump early on Wednesday re-tweeted a trio of inflammatory, anti-Muslim videos that were tweeted by a far-right British activist.
Without providing any additional commentary, Mr Trump promoted three tweets by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, a extreme-right UK group.
Two of the videos purported to show Muslim individuals engaged in acts of violence against other people, while one showed someone destroying a Christian statue. Ms Fransen said in one tweet: “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”, while in another said “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”
Neither the veracity nor origin of the videos could be verified. The amplification of Ms Fransen’s tweets raises anew questions about Mr Trump’s white nationalist tendencies.
Britain First was formed by former members of the British National party in 2011, and has become known for public protests against what it sees as the “Islamisation” of the UK. Ms Fransen and Paul Golding, the group’s leader, were arrested and charged with religious harassment earlier this year over videos posted on social media.
Ms Fransen hailed Mr Trump’s promotion of her tweets, saying on Twitter:
“The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has retweeted three of deputy leader Jayda Fransen’s Twitter videos! Donald Trump himself has retweeted these videos and has around 44m followers! God bless you Trump! God bless America!”
Mr Trump’s latest set of re-tweets may distract from his administration’s bid to push tax reform measures — one of his core campaign promises — through Congress. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a tax bill.
The president’s re-tweeting came amid an otherwise standard morning of tweeting for Mr Trump, who applauded “another great day for the stock market” and weighed in on NBC’s decision to sack Matt Lauer.