Two of the videos retweeted by Trump, which were filmed in Egypt and Syria and presented without context, were titled “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!” and “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” A third video, titled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” shows one teenager kicking and punching another. Local media said the assailant was in fact born and raised in the Netherlands. The Dutch Embassy condemned the tweeting of this video. At the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was grilled by reporters over the videos.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “Look, again, whether it’s a real video, the threat is real, and that is what the president is talking about. That’s what the president is focused on, is dealing with those real threats. And those are real, no matter how you look at it.”
Reporter 1: “So it doesn’t matter if the video is fake?”
Reporter 2: “Even if it’s a fake video?”
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “Look, I’m not talking about the nature of the video. I think you’re focusing on the wrong thing.”
In the U.S., Muslim groups were swift to condemn Trump’s retweets, which drew praise from Trump’s far-right supporters. Louisiana politician and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted, “Thank God for Trump! That’s why we love him!” We’ll have more on Trump’s Islamophobic and racist tweets after headlines with award-winning British journalist and broadcaster Mehdi Hasan.