UPDATE (3:15 p.m. ET): Updated to include White House chartph.comment on the videos.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump woke up Wednesday morning and retweeted three anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, unverified videos from the deputy leader of one of Britain's most extreme far-right groups, Britain First.?
The Twitter feed of Jayda Fransen, who was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment last year after hurling abuse at a woman in hijab in front of her four young children, is basically just a stream of hateful content targeting Muslims and immigrants.
Fransen was charged again with religiously aggravated harassment in September this year.
She was ecstatic that the U.S. President retweeted her unverified videos: ?
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 44 MILLION FOLLOWERS! GOD BLESS YOU TRUMP! GOD BLESS AMERICA! OCS @JaydaBF @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.chartph.com/BiQfQkTra9
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 29, 2017
Last year, Britain First announced it was launching "direct action campaign against Muslim elected officials" targeting "where they live, work, pray". They singled out Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, and Sajid Javid, cabinet minister.?
The killer of British MP Jo Cox, Thomas Mair, reportedly shouted “Britain First” as he shot and stabbed the Labour MP last year, one week before of the EU referendum.?
Cox's husband tweeted in response to Trump's retweets:?
Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.
— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) November 29, 2017
The first video tweeted by Fransen is entitled "Muslim migrant beats up migrant boy on crutches" but according Geenstijl, the news site that posted it, "the perpetrator was not Muslim or a migrant, but a Dutchman."
On Wednesday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that whether or not the videos were real, "these are real threats we have to talk about.?
At WH, @PressSec defends Pres Trump retweets today of videos purporting Muslim violence saying "these are real threats we have to talk about." Whether the videos are real or not, Sanders says "the threats are real - no matter how you look at it." pic.twitter.chartph.com/K8JMqHctp5
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 29, 2017