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The president's Twitter account retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group early Wednesday morning.
The unverified videos — which were originally posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right ultranationalist "Britain First' group — purport to show violence carried out by Muslims and Muslim migrants:
Fransen was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment in November of 2016 after verbally abusing a Muslim woman in Bedfordshire, England.
According to the BBC, “Britain First” is a far-right group that rails against Islam in the U.K.:
Britain First was founded in 2011 by former members of the far-right British National Party (BNP).
The group has grabbed attention on social media with controversial posts about what they deem “the Islamification of the UK.”
A number of British members of Parliament weighed in after the president shared the graphic tweets:
The President of the US has just retweeted a convicted British fascist. @theresa_may must publicly condemn him immediately. We cannot stand by and watch @realDonaldTrump spew this hate. https://t.co/IrpUUDnbe8
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) November 29, 2017
This is a disgrace. Trump is confirming his status as a racist and a fascist with these tweets. British government needs to speak up. https://t.co/K1pI1OfBau
— Anna Turley MP (@annaturley) November 29, 2017
— Naz Shah MP (@NazShahBfd) November 29, 2017
The president's decision to retweet the controversial group drew criticism from even his fiercest supporters. Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large of the fringe conspiracy site Infowars, called the tweets “not great optics.”
Yeah, someone might want to tell whoever is running Trump's Twitter account this morning that retweeting Britain First is not great optics. 🤔
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 29, 2017
According to the BBC, the tweets may have first appeared in the president's Twitter feed after they were shared by Ann Coulter.