British Leaders Call Out Trump for Tweeting Anti-Muslim Vids

'Promoting a fascist, racist, extremist hate group'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2017 2:13 PM CST
British Leaders Call Out Trump for Tweeting Anti-Muslim Vids
President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

British politicians, including the prime minister, are criticizing President Trump's decision to tweet anti-Muslim videos from the far-right Britain First nationalist group Wednesday, the Telegraph reports. "It is wrong for the president to have done this," a spokesperson for Theresa May says. The spokesperson accuses Britain First of using "hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions." Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls Trump's tweets "abhorrent, dangerous, and a threat to our society." And the New York Times quotes a Labour Party member of Parliament who accuses Trump of "promoting a fascist, racist, extremist hate group." A number of British politicians are calling on May to cancel Trump's state visit.

The Washington Post looks into the history of the three unverified videos, which purport to show Muslims committing acts of violence against non-Muslims, tweeted by Trump. Two of the videos are at least four years old, none of the subjects have been proven to be Muslim, and the religion of the victims is undetermined. But Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that doesn't necessarily matter. “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real and that is what the president is talking about," ABC News quotes the White House press secretary as saying. She says Trump's tweets were actually making a point about military spending and national security. (More Islamophobia stories.)

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