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Donald Trump slammed for ‘spreading hatred’ after tweeting anti-Muslim videos

By AP and staff writers, For news.com.au, On 29 November 2017, Read Original

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DONALD Trump has been widely condemned for re-tweeting unverified anti-Muslim videos.

In the early hours of the morning President Trump shared the tweets by far-right British politician Jayda Fransen to his more than 43 million followers, drawing furious criticism.

The husband of Jo Cox, the British Parliament member who was murdered last year by a man yelling “Britain first”, Fransen’s party’s name, last year said Mr Trump should be ashamed of himself.

“Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours,” Brendan Cox wrote on Twitter.

“Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations also condemned President Trump for retweeting the inflammatory videos, which purport to show violence being committed by Muslims and could fuel anti-Islam sentiments.

The group’s executive director, Nihad Awad, said in a statement that Trump is “clearly telling members of his base that they should hate Islam and Muslims.”

Awad says Trump’s posts “amount to incitement to violence against American Muslims” and is calling on political and religious leaders to condemn Trump’s tweets.

Awad says that on Twitter, the council has recorded 3,296 anti-Muslim incidents this year.

 
 

He says “we haven’t heard a peep from you. Some president.”

The videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First who has been charged with “religious aggravated harassment.”

The descriptions read: “VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!” and “VIDEO: Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”

After Trump retweeted the videos, Fransen quickly responded on Twitter, saying: “DONALD TRUMP HIMSELF HAS RETWEETED THESE VIDEOS AND HAS AROUND 44 MILLION FOLLOWERS! GOD BLESS YOU TRUMP! GOD BLESS AMERICA!”

Following Trump’s tweets, British politician Chuka Umunna called for the US President’S invite to visit the United Kingdom in 2018 to be withdrawn.

“I don’t think the president of the United States, a president that has not only promoted bigotry, misogyny and racism in his own country, I don’t think he is welcome here,” he told Sky News.

“I think the invite that has been made to him to come to our country in early 2018 should be withdrawn.

“Somebody in his position, doing what he has done and said, not only in his own country but now getting involved in the debate here, he is normalising hatred,” he said.

Earlier, Trump also implied that US television host Joe Scarborough — one of his fiercest critics — was somehow involved in the death of a MSNBC intern in 2001.

Tweeting about the firing of Matt Lauer over sexual harassment allegations, he segued:

“Will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the ‘unsolved mystery’ that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”

The “unsolved mystery” Mr Trump is referring to is the death of Lori Klausutis, 28, an intern who was found dead in Scarborough’s Florida office in 2001 when he was still a Republican congressman.

To be clear, there is no mystery in her death.

The medical examiner concluded that Ms Klausutis “lost consciousness because of an abnormal heart rhythm and fell, hitting her head on a desk”.

“The head injury caused the death,” he said a month after she was found.

There is no evidence of foul play, but the tragedy has been spun into a conspiracy theory, which has now been repeated by the President of the United States.