British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a rare direct condemnation of President Trump’s decision to retweet three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos posted by a notorious far-right British extremist.
Trump on Wednesday re-tweeted the videos which were first sent out by a leader of the ultranationalist Britain First Party, Jayda Fransen, who was found guilty last year of “religiously aggravated harassment” after she verbally abused a woman wearing a hijab in front of her four children.
Fransen was arrested earlier this month over a hate speech she gave this summer at a Northern Ireland Against Terrorism rally in Belfast, according to the BBC.
Britain First has previously posted a number of misleading videos, according to The Washington Post.
One of the videos Trump retweeted showed a man beating another young man holding crutches and another showing a group of people kicking a man after he was thrown from a building.
Britain First has previously posted a number of misleading videos, reports The Washington Post.
“Britain First seeks to divide communities law-abiding of hateful narratives which pedal lies and stoke tensions,” a spokesman for May said in a statement reported by NBC News.
“This causes anxiety to law-abiding people. British people overwhelming reject the prejudice rhetoric of the far-right, which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents; decency tolerance and respect. It is wrong for the president to have done this.”
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
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the U.K.’s Labour Party, called on the British government to condemn Trump’s sharing of the videos.