President Trump retweeted a post on Tuesday that made several inaccurate claims about the ongoing protests that have rocked Paris and other parts of France.
The original tweet, written by Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of the right-wing nonprofit Turning Point USA, claimed that protests in France over a proposed hike in fuel taxes showed the success of Trump’s administration.
“There are riots in socialist France because of radical leftist fuel taxes,” Kirk wrote. “Media barely mentioning this. America is booming, Europe is burning. They want to cover up the middle class rebellion against cultural Marxism. ‘We want Trump’ being chanted through the streets of Paris.”
Lies being re-tweeted by the President: Europe is obviously not burning, and “we want Trump” is not being chanted through the streets of Paris. Also, the fuel taxes are not radical leftist and France is not socialist. Any other lies? pic.twitter.com/fOZSvAPMYW
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) December 4, 2018
Although protesters have taken to the streets to demonstrate against fuel taxes—which were promoted as a way of combating climate change—as well as other price hikes, the criticism of President Emmanuel Macron is actually the opposite of what Kirk and other right-wing commentators have claimed. Opposition political leaders have actually called for increased taxes on the wealthy, while demonstrators have taken to the streets against rising costs, as they’ve seen some of their social support curbed by the government.
The Hill suggests that Kirk’s information about crowd chants “seems to come from an article Rush Limbaugh wrote on iHeart Radio on Monday, which claims that friends told him that protestor are asking for Trump.”
Newsweek points to a trending video of U.K. demonstrators appearing to mock the U.S. president by chanting “We Want Trump”: ” The video circulating on social media does not appear to have been filmed in Paris or even in France but in London, possibly during anti-Trump demonstrations earlier this year. Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh also claimed that French demonstrators were chanting “We want Trump.”
France, on their way to becoming a 3rd world country chants. WE WANT TRUMP🤣 pic.twitter.com/koLOqLEEMb
— jack white (@HorseRacingCOO) December 3, 2018
France 24’s White House correspondent Philip Crowther ripped into Trump for retweeting the false claims made by Kirk.
“Lies being retweeted by the President: Europe is obviously not burning, and ‘We want Trump’ is not being chanted through the streets of Paris,” he wrote. “Also, the fuel taxes are not radical leftist and France is not socialist. Any other lies?”
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Tuesday that the government will postpone the planned fuel tax increase by at least six months because the “unity of the nation” is at risk.