Leader comment: A sinister theory about Donald Trump and the far-right

27 January, 2018, 20:20 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • Trump says it's a 'false rumor' he isn't friendly with Theresa May

Far from expressing regret, or taking any responsibility for his role in helping to promote the hateful ideology of the racist group Britain First, Trump offered a variety of excuses.

"Radical Islamic terror, whether you like talking about it or not, you look at what's going on in the United Kingdom, you look at what's going on all over the world", he told Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan.

Morgan accused Trump of causing "huge anxiety and anger in my country, because Britain First is basically a bunch of racists, fascists".

When pressed on whether he would apologise for his retweet, Trump said that if the group was made up of racists then he would.

"I don't know who they are".

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'Certainly I wasn't endorsing anybody.

Trump said he retweeted the messages, which contained the titles "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!" and "Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!" because he is a "big believer" in combating radical Islamic terrorism.

The three clips were previously tweeted by Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who was convicted by a United Kingdom court in November 2016 of religiously aggravated harassment.

Morgan, a longtime friend of Trump's, was showered with praise and rebukes on social media following the interview scoop.

Fransen told Reuters she was "delighted" because Trump's retweets showed his shared goal of bringing awareness to "issues such as Islam", but press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that she didn't think Trump knew who Fransen was when he retweeted the videos - she was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment in 2016 for verbally abusing a Mulim woman in a hijab.

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During the interview, which will air on Sunday, Jan. 28, Trump also said he has a very good relationship with Prime Minister May despite what people think.

"I support her, I support a lot of what she does and I support you militarily very much", he told Morgan. Even Fox News host Laura Ingraham, one of Trump's staunchest defenders, brought them up when interviewing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the night of November 29. "I know nothing about them".

He did, however, say that Trump was reluctant to apologize, the Daily Mail reports. "We will come to your defense should anything happen, which hopefully will never happen".

Morgan wasted no time in asking Trump about an incident previous year in which the POTUS shared videos from a far-right British anti-Muslim party.

His chat with Morgan was the first worldwide TV interview with Donald Trump since he took office.

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