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Theresa May denounced Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim videos


Updated November 29, 2017 01:10 PM EST

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday denounced President Trump for re-tweeting three videos purporting to show Muslims committing violent acts.

Trump shared the videos earlier that day after they were posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of a far-right, ultra-nationalist group called Britain First.

"Britain First seeks to divide communities in their use of hateful narratives while pedal lies and stoke tensions," May said in a statement through her official spokesman, according to NBC News. "This causes anxiety to law abiding people."

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"British people overwhelming reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far-right, which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents; decency, tolerance and respsect," she added. "It is wrong for the president to have done this."

One video shared by Trump earlier Wednesday shows a purported "Islamist mob" kicking a "teenage boy" after he has been shoved off a building.

Another depicts a purported "Muslim migrant" attacking a "Dutch boy on crutches," and the third shows a purported Muslim shattering a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Trump spreading the clips sparked outrage among politicians and media members on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean who found them distasteful.

President Trump on Wednesday re-tweeted three videos purporting to show Muslims performing violent acts.

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The first video shows a purported “Islamist mob” kicking a “teenage boy” after he has been pushed off a building.

The second clip depicts a purported “Muslim migrant” pummeling a “Dutch boy on crutches” in a fight.

The third video captures a purported “Muslim” dropping a statue of the Virgin Mary, shattering it into multiple pieces.

CNN on Wednesday reported that the footage Trump shared came from a British far-right account known for anti-Muslim content.

The trio of clips were first posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, an ultra-nationalist political group with far-right leanings.

Fransen on Wednesday celebrated Trump re-tweeting the videos she had first posted, citing the president’s approximately 44 million Twitter followers.


Trump frequently re-tweets messages whose political sentiments he agrees with or align with his policy positions.

The president did not specify why he shared Fransen’s videos Wednesday, but he has previously voiced concern about immigration from predominantly Muslim regions.

Trump introduced a controversial travel ban earlier this year that mainly impacted Muslim-majority nations.

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Critics have accused the measure of bias against Muslims, while supporters have argued it may help protect the U.S. from radical Islamic terrorism.

Fransen was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment last year after confronting a Muslim woman wearing a hijab when she was with her four children.

The British politician was also charged with using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior” during a speech she made in Belfast, Northern Ireland earlier this year.

Trump re-tweeting Fransen on Wednesday sparked an outcry from British politicians and media members against the move.

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