Back at the end of November, Donald Trump took a little time out of berating black athletes (and their dads), other world leaders, women, and Democrats on Twitter to take aim at Muslims. In a series of retweets, Trump used his enormous social media presence to amplify the messages of Jayda Fransen, the 31-year-old deputy leader of “Britain First,” a right-wing hardline anti-immigrant political group.
Ms. Fransen had posted some unverified videos, later revealed to be fake, of “Muslim immigrants” doing various offensive and violent things, using them as a recruiting tool for impressionable young people who might be convinced that they were real. That’s largely the modus operandi for right-wing groups around the world — lying about something to make it seem like something it’s not, then using it to recruit people to their cause, like ISIS, the KKK, or the “Alt-Right” here in America. That’s pretty much how any terrorist group works.
But the world was not impressed with either Ms. Fransen’s effort or with Donald Trump’s apparent gullibility and desire to retweet anti-Muslim rhetoric to begin with. She was viewed with even more scrutiny than normal — she and her co-captain Paul Golding had been investigated a number of times — and Trump was repudiated by voters here at home in America and by leaders in Britain, where the extremist pair are from and base their operations.
Now they’ve been charged with hate crimes stemming from not just their ongoing efforts to promote violence and hatred toward Muslims in Europe, but a recent event in which both Fransen and Golding used “threatening, insulting, and abusive” behavior at rallies in Northern Ireland. Golding was arrested as he accompanied Fransen to court on a different charge from a prior incident, and Fransen was re-arrested after that hearing for again publicly spouting her rhetoric immediately following the proceedings at a rally event in Belfast.
It should be noted that Donald Trump has never taken down the retweets he posted from this criminal and racist.
Let’s hope they eventually share a cell.
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