WASHINGTON — The spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned President Donald Trump for retweeting un-verified videos from a far-right group featuring Muslims committing acts of violence.
“It is wrong for the president to have done this,” May’s spokesman said, according to Reuters.
Trump retweeted posts from Jayda Fransen, the leader of the far-right group Britain First, and videos, with names like, “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” But it was not clear that the videos were authentic.
“Britain First seeks to divide communities in their use of hateful narratives which pedal lies and stoke tensions,” May’s spokesman said. “This causes anxiety to law abiding people. 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.”
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “whether it is real video, the threat is real, that is what the president is talking about. That is what the president is focused on dealing with.”
The Embassy of the Netherlands also objected to one of the videos that Trump retweeted. It was labeled, “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” The government’s U.S. representatives said on Twitter that the perpetrator in the video was “was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law.”
Trump’s retweet of the videos — which also showed incidents and Syria and Egypt — was not the only activity he took on Twitter that triggered an outcry. Later in the morning, he commented on NBC’s decision to fire Matt Lauer over sexual harassment allegations, taking aim at network executives Phil Griffin and Andrew Lack as well as “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told MSNBC that the re-tweeting of the videos “empowers fringe elements on the right who have been associated with religious bigotry.”