Early this morning, with nothing better to do, Donald Trump retweeted three (3) Islamaphobic tweets from a group known as Britain First. Here are a few things you need to know about this group.
- It is an ultra-nationalist, racist, and Islamaphobic site founded in 2011.
- The man who murdered British MP Jo Cox shouted “Britain First” when he killed her.
- As a political party it has gained zero (0) seats in Parliament or any other body such as the EU
To give you an example of just how bad this group is, both Infowars (INFOWARS!!) and Piers Morgan immediately criticized Trump for retweeting them.
Yeah, someone might want to tell whoever is running Trump's Twitter account this morning that retweeting Britain First is not great optics. ?
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 29, 2017
Good morning, Mr President @realDonaldTrump – what the hell are you doing retweeting a bunch of unverified videos by Britain First, a bunch of disgustingly racist far-right extremists?
Please STOP this madness & undo your retweets.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 29, 2017
The husband of the late British MP Jo Cox had the following to say in response to Trump’s tweets:
Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.
— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) November 29, 2017
We are not going to give further coverage to these disgusting tweets except to provide a link to an article by BuzzFeed which debunks two of them. As for the third one, which shows a purported Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary, it should be noted that Muslims hold Mary in the greatest respect and an entire chapter (surah) of the Qu’ran is devoted to her.
For once it would be nice to see the President of the United States say or tweet something that was not derogatory, insulting, bigoted, or racist. Yet every day, just when we think he can’t sink any lower, he proves us wrong.
His tweets can no longer be dismissed just as “Trump being Trump.” We have already seen the consequences of his attack on CNN International as “fake news” now that the Libyan government is calling into question their reports on slave trading based on Trump’s accusations against the network.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) November 28, 2017
Trump’s retweeting of Britain First is no doubt an effort to inflame his dwindling base of supporters against Muslims anywhere in the world, while at the same time serving as a distraction from his own failures as President. We are nearing the end of his first year in office and not one single piece of his legislative agenda has passed a Republican-controlled Congress. Perhaps the GOP will be able to ram through their disastrous “tax reform” legislation before 2018. But it is on shaky ground right now.
Yesterday, North Korea launched a missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. Talks with Democrats came to an abrupt halt after Trump tweeted out yesterday that he would not make a deal with “Chuck and Nancy.” An imminent shutdown of the government looms on December 8th, which is next week.
Yet Trump does not seem to care if his tweets are disruptive and counter-productive. These tweets will garner him attention, and at the end of the day, that is all that matters to him.