White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s retweets of three inflammatory videos about Muslims in the UK, one of which has been debunked.
The videos were originally tweeted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right UK group Britain First.
The videos reportedly show Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches, destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary and throwing a teen boy off a roof.
However, the Mirror Online notes that the first video — the attack on the Dutch boy — does not show Muslim migrants.
Faced with the facts, Sanders defended Trump tweeting the fake video and the other two videos, which are reportedly years old:
Look, I’m not talking about the nature of the video. I think you’re focusing on the wrong thing. The threat is real, and that’s what the president is talking about is the need for national security, the need for military spending, and those are very real things, there’s nothing fake about them.
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Trump’s tweets, reports the UK Business Insider:
British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudice of the far-right, which it is the antithesis of the values that this country represents: decency tolerance and respect. It is wrong for the President to have done this.