Donald Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos Wednesday posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First and a notorious Islamophobe who is guilty of perpetrating hate crimes against Muslims.The videos claim to show a Muslim migrant beating up a Dutch boy on crutches, a Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary, and an “Islamist mob” pushing a teenage boy off a roof and beating him to death.
The source and the authenticity of the videos are unknown, but Dutch media is reporting the first video is fake.In response, Fransen said, “God bless you Trump, God Bless America, OCS.” OCS stands for “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
Others were less enthusiastic. Even Infowars editor and longtime Alex Jones collaborator Paul Joseph Watson suggested Trump rethink his latest Twitter strategy:
Paul Goulding, the leader of Britain First, told VICE News Fransen was “very surprised by the tweets, but very glad [Trump] had done it.”Here’s what you need to know about Fransen and Britain First:
- Fransen, 31, was last year found guilty of a hate crime after hurling abuse at Sumayyah Sharpe. Fransen shouted that Muslim men force their women to wear hijabs “because they cannot control their sexual urges,” adding “that’s why they are coming into my country raping women across the continent.” Sharpe was with her four children at the time.
- Fransen is the deputy leader of Britain First, a extremist political organization that was set up in 2011 by former members of the racist British National Party.
- Britain First is a niche organization with no elected representatives. It has gained media attention for anti-Muslim stunts, such as occupying mosques and conducting “Christian patrols.”
- “Britain First is a patriotic political party and street movement that opposes and fights the many injustices that are routinely inflicted on the British people,” the group’s mission statement reads. “We want our people to come first, before foreigners, asylum seekers or migrants and we are overtly proud of this stance.”
- Fransen was charged with religiously aggravated harassment over the distribution of leaflets and the posting of online videos during the trial of Muslim men who were subsequently found guilty of rape.
- She is due to appear in court in Northern Ireland in December charged with using threatening and abusive language in connection with a speech she made at an anti-terrorism demonstration earlier this year.