President Donald Trump retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right account rife with anti-Muslim content this morning.
The videos were posted by Jayda Fransen who is the deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right and ultra-nationalist political group. Fransen was arrested last week for using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior” during a speech in August at the “Northern Ireland Against Terrorism” rally in Belfast.
The videos depict purported Muslims assaulting people and, in one video, smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary.
The presidential retweets were immediately met with outrage in the United Kingdom.
Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo Cox was fatally shot and stabbed last year by a man who witnesses said shouted “Britain First,” slammed Trump for trying to legitimize the far-right in the U.K.
“Trump has legitimized the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours,” Cox tweeted. “Spreading hatred has consequences and the president should be ashamed of himself.”