President Donald Trump on Wednesday retweeted several videos posted by a far-right U.K. group purportedly showing Muslims engaging in violence and vandalism.
One video claims to show a Muslim migrant attacking a handicapped boy with crutches:
VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! pic.twitter.com/11LgbfFJDq
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 28, 2017
A second video claims to show a Muslim destroying a statue of Virgin Mary:
VIDEO: Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary! pic.twitter.com/qhkrfQrtjV
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 29, 2017
The third and final video is graphic and purportedly shows an “Islamist mob” pushing someone off a roof.
Trump's retweets sparked an uproar in the U.K., CNN reported:
Trump's retweets were leading several major British news websites Wednesday morning, and officials condemned him on Twitter. A spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Trump was “wrong” to share the videos, adding that “Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions.”
“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,” the spokesperson added.
The Muslim Council of Britain slammed Trump in a statement, saying the retweets were “the clearest endorsement yet from the US President of the far-right and their vile anti-Muslim propaganda. The US-based Council on American-Islamic Relations similarly condemned Trump's retweets, saying he is ”clearly telling members of his base that they should hate Islam and Muslims."
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK opposition Labour Party, called the retweets “abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.” Labour lawmaker David Lammy told the President he was “not welcome in my country and my city.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump's decision to share the videos on Wednesday, saying the president is talking about “real threats.”
“That is what the president is talking about, that is what the president is focused on, is dealing with those real threats, and those are real no matter how you look at it,” Sanders said.