Early on Wednesday morning, Trump retweeted a series of three videos from white-nationalist party deputy leader, Jayda Fransen of Britain First. This group is known for their right-wing extremist views, and anti-Muslim sentiments. The organization is run by party leader Paul Golding. Both Golding and Jayda Fransen are currently facing charges for inciting racial hatred.
The first video, depicting a teenager beating up another teenager on crutches in the Netherlands, was coupled with a caption calling the perpetrator a “Muslim migrant”. It has since been established that the boy in the video was not a migrant, but born and raised in the Netherlands, and that he was arrested the day after the incident in May, falsifying the caption associated with the video. The two following videos depict aggressive acts with no context or explanation as to the men’s affiliation with extremist movements.
Outrage has stemmed from both the left and the right following the posting of these inciting videos. Lawmakers have condemned Trump’s actions and have publically asked for them to be removed from his official twitter page. Additionally, many are doubting his competency as President. When asked about the tweets, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press they were “focusing on the wrong thing” when questioning the legitimacy of the videos, saying that “the threat is real.”
Our Verdict: Although his competency may be in question, Trump’s motive behind retweeting these inflammatory videos is not debatable. These posts are another of his many attempts at fear-mongering and fabricating evidence of Islamic extremism. The false caption associated with the boy thought to be a radical Muslim immigrant, further perpetuates Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban agenda. As arguments about his Travel Ban are set to begin in federal appeals court soon, it will be interesting to see how Trump’s most recent posts will play into the arguments.