This morning, Trump landed himself in hot water for retweeting posts from far-right Britain First leader Jayda Fransen featuring anti-Muslim videos. British Prime Minister Theresa May duly castigated Trump for what she called his “wrong” response.
“Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions. British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents ― decency, tolerance and respect.”
When faced with May’s response – both articulate and decent – Trump attempted to strike back at her with an embarrassingly characteristic response on Twitter. Instead, he tweeted at the wrong account, targeting a private citizen with the same name as the PM who has only six followers.
The woman, Ms. May, was forced to make her account private immediately thereafter.
Trump then corrected his mistake and again tweeted his petulant remark at the correct woman.
.@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
After one of the videos entitled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” – clearly intended to stoke fear of Muslims – was duly debunked as a fake this morning, Trump instead pivoted to general fear mongering in his tweet to the British PM.
VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! http://pic.twitter.com/11LgbfFJDq
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 28, 2017
Statement from the Dutch public prosecutor, which says the video shared by @potus actually depicts a quarrel between two underage boys in May 2017. The attacker was born in the Netherlands and served community service, the statement adds. https://t.co/ydOK0MlXKX
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) November 29, 2017
Trump may insist that, “We are doing just fine!” but that claim is decidedly ironic coming from a President whose approval ratings are underwater and is currently staring down the barrel of an ongoing investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.
As Trump continues to attack our strongest allies on Twitter, America is finding itself increasingly isolated within the international community, all due to a man who would rather pander to his base than govern with even a modicum of integrity.
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