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Dutch Government Fact-Checks Trump’s Hate Group Tweet: Child In Video Wasn’t A ‘Migrant’

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Dutch Government Fact-Checks Trump’s Hate Group Tweet: Child In Video Wasn’t A ‘Migrant’




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.

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!”

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.”



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