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White House defends Trump’s retweeting of videos showing Muslim violence

The White House on Wednesday defended President Trump’s retweets of videos on Twitter portraying Muslims committing acts of violence.

“The threat is real,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders instructed journalists. “The threat needs to be addressed. The threat has to be talked about, and that’s what the president is doing in bringing that up.”

Mr. Trump shared videos Wednesday from Britain First birthday celebration chief Jayda Fransen, titled: “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”

The president’s transfer brought on the place of work of Britain’s high minister to factor a observation condemning the tweets.

“It is wrong for the president to have done this,” mentioned the place of work of Prime Minister Theresa May. “Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions. They cause anxiety to law-abiding people.”

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry mentioned Mr. Trump’s retweeting of “inflammatory anti-Muslim bigotry from a white-nationalist group” will have to be denounced by way of different Republican leaders.

“As the president’s tweets are official statements of the administration, these xenophobic retweets cannot be ignored,” she mentioned.”It is especially necessary for Republican management, like Speaker Paul Ryan and [Senate] Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to repudiate and condemn this bigotry.”

Farhana Khera, government director of Muslim Advocates, predicted that Mr. Trump’s motion on social media would spur reprisals in opposition to Muslims within the U.S.

“As he attacks our community, we can and will expect others to follow his lead, with sometimes deadly consequences,” she mentioned. “Hate crimes motivated by anti-Muslim bias are at all-time high, and the president’s words and actions further inflame this violence. Mosques have been burned and bombed, children are bullied, homes are vandalized, and people are attacked. Our country deserves better.”

 

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