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
This man’s wife, a young British MP, was murdered at the hands of Britain First, a fascist, racist hate group Trump promoted this morning. https://t.co/zVgR2WfdCO — Mindy Finn (@mindyfinn) November 29, 2017
President Trump is inciting hatred of a religious minority from the Bully Pulpit. If you’re in a position of prominence in the Republican Party––or in his government––you have an obligation to speak out against this. — Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) November 29, 2017
It’s going to be a great day as US journalists find out about Britain First.
Quick primer: Stunt-loving anti-Muslim far-right social media troll group increasingly ignored even in the UK. At least until the US President started retweeting them. https://t.co/MmmiI7MKfE — Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) November 29, 2017
Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment in November 2016 after abusing a woman wearing a hijab. https://t.co/rrIlLukLg7 — Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) November 29, 2017
So it’s not lost in the sauce here: Trump is promoting hatred of Muslims. That’s what those retweets were about. That is the content and the purpose of the tweets. https://t.co/DCHLxaePX0 — Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) November 29, 2017
That video @realDonaldTrump retweets of a Muslim boy beating up a Dutch boy turns out to be a video of a Dutch boy with dark hair beating up a Dutch boy with blond hair. https://t.co/8pFZGWwl2Y — Erik Voeten (@ErikVoeten) November 29, 2017
President Trump retweets the deputy leader of an ultra-nationalist and fascist (redundant) British political part. This should increase the value you place on major Left wing criticisms of the American Right. — (((Alex Nowrasteh))) (@AlexNowrasteh) November 29, 2017
Trump just retweeted three anti-Muslim videos from a British woman who is a leader of an extremist group in the U.K. and was arrested for harassing a Muslim woman for wearing a hijab https://t.co/y8fDbyM0Jg — Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 29, 2017
2/ Tweeting out anti-Muslim propaganda videos is also harmful to 26,000 US troops in harm’s way in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, as well as others stationed in Muslim-majority countries. Their lives depend on trust of Muslim allies. — Heather Hurlburt (@natsecHeather) November 29, 2017
Trump has railed against “illegals,” African American athletes, used slur Pocahontas and shared anti-Muslim videos this week. It’s Wednesday — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 29, 2017
I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society. — Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 29, 2017
Even the president’s supporters — from Trump-curious Piers Morgan to Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson — criticized the retweets:
Good morning, Mr President @realDonaldTrump – what the hell are you doing retweeting a bunch of unverified videos by Britain First, a bunch of disgustingly racist far-right extremists?
Please STOP this madness & undo your retweets. — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 29, 2017
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
However, one of Trump’s biggest fans was not shocked by the videos. In fact, former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke loved them:
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Trump retweets video of crippled white kid in Europe being beaten by migrants, and white people being thrown off a roof and then beaten to death, He’s condemned for showing us what the fake news media WON’T. Thank God for Trump! That’s why we love him! — David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) November 29, 2017