The Dutch government confirmed that a video retweeted by President Trump claiming to show a “Muslim migrant” beating up a “Dutch boy on crutches” actually shows a Dutch-born citizen of the Netherlands and not a migrant.
The Dutch Prosecutor’s office said that the young man in the video is “not a migrant,” CNN’s Jim Scuitto reported on Wednesday.
The minor in the video retweeted by Trump is not a 'migrant', Dutch Prosecutor's Office says. He was born and raised in the Netherlands. He was punished under a special sentencing program for juveniles.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 29, 2017
Trump retweeted three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on Wednesday that were first posted by the leader of the ultranationalist Britain First Party, Jayda Fransen, purports to show a young man beating up another man on crutches, with the caption, “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”
VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! pic.twitter.com/11LgbfFJDq
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 28, 2017
Fransen was found guilty last year of “religiously aggravated harassment” after she verbally abused a woman wearing a hijab in front of her four children.
She 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.
The White House defended Trump’s tweets, saying that it doesn’t matter if the videos themselves are real, “the threat is real and that is what the president is talking about.”