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Muslim leaders speak out against Trump's inflammatory retweets

Muslim leaders speak out against Trump's inflammatory retweets

The series of videos come from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right group known for its anti-Islam political stunts.

Reacting to the news that Trump had shared anti-Muslim videos posted on Twitter by bigoted activist Jayda Fransen, Labour MP Stephen Doughty slammed the president for showing his followers "inflammatory" videos meant to stoke ethnic hatred.

She was convicted a year ago of religiously aggravated harassment and fined after hurling abuse at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab. Another claimed to show a Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary and another claimed to show a Muslim immigrant hitting a Dutch boy on crutches.

Trump's retweets were condemned by Brendan Cox, whose lawmaker wife Jo Cox was murdered previous year by an attacker with far-right views.

Similarly some of Trump's congressional colleagues voiced opposition, including staunch Republican critics like US Senator John McCain.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said it didn't matter whether the anti-Muslim videos President Donald Trump retweeted on Wednesday morning were real. The videos included footage portraying Muslims committing violent acts.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is condemning the president's Twitter protocol. "He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law".

Muslim leaders speak out against Trump's inflammatory retweets

In a strongly-worded rebuke, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said the group sought to divide communities through its use of "hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions".

Defending the retweets today, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "I think his goal is to promote strong borders and strong national security", and added, according to CNN, that "Whether it is a real video, the threat is real. They cause anxiety to law-abiding people", the spokesperson said.

He added: "It is wrong for the President to have done this".

Trump responded via Twitter to May, saying, "Theresa May, don't focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine", Trump tweeted, using an incorrect Twitter handle for May.

The White House was unrepentant over the President's actions.

Mrs May delivered the surprise invitation during a visit to the White House shortly after Mr Trump's inauguration.

Politico noted that Trump's racist tweets were sent before 7am (local time), when his aides normally have their first chance to consult with him about the day's news and events.

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