Donald Trump has received a furious backlash after he retweeted anti-Muslim videos from Britain first deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who has been previously found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.
Trump retweeted three separate posts from Fransen, all unverified anti-Islamic videos, to his 43.5 million followers on Wednesday
One post purported to show a group of Muslims pushing a boy off a roof while anotherpost retweeted by the President claimed to show a Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Other retweeted anti-Muslim posts claimed tos how an immigrant hitting a Dutch boy on crutches although Dutch police did not suggest the attacker was a Muslim.
Fransen responded delightedly to her posts being republished by the Trump account, writing: “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!”
Some MPs insisted the President was ‘not welcome here’ after the retweeting of the posts.
Brendan Cox, husband to Jo Cox who was killed last year by a man shouting ‘Britain First’, said: ‘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.’
Labour MP Mary Creagh posted: ‘Jo Cox’s killer shouted ‘Britain First’. (Trump) retweeting this hate criminal demeans his office. He is not welcome here.’
Jeremy Corbyn also urged the government to condemn the President for his retweeting of Anti-Muslim posts, saying: ‘I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society,’ he said.
Labour MP Chuka Umunna told Sky News: ‘I don’t think the president of the United States, a president who has not only promoted bigotry, misogyny and racism in his own country, I don’t think he is welcome here.
‘I think the invite that has been made to him to come to our country in early 2018 should be withdrawn.
‘What we see here is the president retweeting and promoting the propaganda of a far right racist bigoted group members of which have been arrested and convicted for promoting hatred in this country.
‘I am absolutely astounded that a man – any person – in his position holding the office that he does should be promoting the propaganda of a far right British group.’