After coming under fire for retweeting three disturbing, unverified anti-Muslim videos from the far-right UK political party Britain First yesterday (Nov. 29), lawmakers around the world roundly criticized the US president for not only stoking cultural and religious tensions, but for also promoting fake news.
Another day, another Donald Trump tweet. Only this time, his latest speaks more to his unshakeable power than he probably intended.
In Britain, prime minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said in a statement that it was “wrong for the president to have done this.” Foreign secretary Boris Johnson responded in a tweet that “Britain First is a divisive, hateful group whose views are not in line with our values. UK has a proud history as an open, tolerant society & hate speech has no place here.”
Though the Netherlands embassy in the US debunked the authenticity of one of the videos Trump retweeted-which supposedly showed a “Muslim migrant” beating up a teenage holding a crutch-his administration said it doesn’t matter if the videos are fake because the “threat is real.”
Not only that, but Trump has actually doubled down-hitting back at the UK prime minister in a tweet: