A day after President Trump retweeted three inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos first shared by the leader of the British white nationalist hate group, Britain First, who has been convicted of religious harassment, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the president’s racist tweets, for a second time, by saying they actually help to “elevate the conversation.”
“Does the president feel that he has an obligation to ensure that the information that he shares on his Twitter feed to millions of people is accurate?” a reporter asked, referencing the fact that the Dutch government had taken to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm 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.
“I think the president feels that bringing up important issues of our time like extreme violence and terrorism are important to do,” Sanders replied.
“Does he know that sharing those videos might incite violence against Muslims?” the reporter followed up. “Does he understand that he’s elevated a fringe political group that many people outside of Britain didn’t even know about?”
“Look, I think what he’s done is elevate the conversation to talk about a real issue and a real threat — that’s extreme violence and extreme terrorism,” Sanders said. “Something that we know to be very real, and something the presidents feels strongly about talking about, and bringing up, and making sure is an issue every single day, that we’re looking at the best ways to protect Americans.”
Sanders on Wednesday argued that it doesn’t matter if the videos Trump retweeted are accurate, as long as the threat posed by Muslims is “real.”