President Donald Trump Wednesday shared three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on Twitter posted by a far-right British activist.
The videos – whose authenticity could not be independently verified – were first shared by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, which bills itself as a political party but has been widely condemned as an extremist group that targets mosques and Muslims.
Britain First has previously posted a number of misleading videos, and the three Trump shared were proactively 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!”
Fransen, 31, who lives in a London suburb, was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment in November 2016 after abusing a woman wearing a hijab.
Fransen was arrested again earlier this month following comments she made during a speech in Belfast.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to why the president retweeted Fransen’s provocative and unverified videos. It was not immediately clear how the videos came to Trump’s attention, but conservative columnist Ann Coulter retweeted one of them on Tuesday.
But the president has a history of retweeting other controversial supporters, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and during his campaign proposed a ban on all Muslims from entering the country.
Following Trump’s retweets, Fransen took to Twitter to tout the U.S. president’s promotion of her videos.
“Donald Trump himself has retweeted these videos and has around 44 million followers!” she wrote. “God Bless You Trump! God Bless America!”
(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Ashley Parker, John Wagner