After President Donald Trump retweeted videos from a British anti-Islam activist last week that showed Muslims allegedly engaging in acts of violence, British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement slamming him for his “wrong” decision.
“I’m very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do,” she said, referencing the reportedly “far-right” political party whose member Trump retweeted, according to CNN.
“Britain First is a hateful organization,” she added. “It seeks to spread mistrust and division in our communities. It stands against common British decency.”
Trump responded by dropping a tweet blasting May for focusing on his retweets instead of what he believes to be the real problem: radical Islamic terrorism.
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
As USA Liberty News noted last week, Trump had a valid point: “(A) stunning report published Wednesday … revealed that ‘the number of people arrested for terrorism-linked offences (in the U.K.) rose by more than two-thirds to a record 379 in the 12 months to June — one of the most intense periods for terrorist attacks in recent history.’”
Of those 379 suspects, nearly a third were eventually charged with terrorism offenses, while nearly 18 percent still face further investigation.
Mind you, some might reasonably argue that Trump could have expressed his point in a slightly better manner, especially given the content of the videos.
Of the three videos retweeted by Trump, the first showed radical Muslims pushing a teenage boy off a roof and then beating him to death, while the second depicted Muslims destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Those were just fine to retweet. However, the third video showed two Dutch boys duking it out like a pair of normal, rambunctious teens.
The problem is the retweet contained a caption from Britain first member Jayda Fransen that read as follows: “Muslim migrants beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”
That was a blatant lie — one retweeted by the president.
Was it wrong for the president to retweet these videos? Not necessarily. Despite Britain First’s controversial history, the organization has valid points about mass Muslim migration. Plus, the president wasn’t necessarily aware of its shady past, though he should have at least removed the third video. As of Monday he hadn’t.
All this said, Trump’s tweet at the British PM hit the nail on the head: Instead of obsessing over his tweets, May ought to be taking steps to reduce the influence of radical Islam on the U.K.s population.
But judging by the statistics cited by The Guardian, she clearly hasn’t been.
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