Trump tweets staged videos to stir his Islamophobic base

Donald Trump has just retweeted Britain First's deputy leader Jayda Fransen three times. Jayda Fransen was arrested just 10 days ago for making a threatening and abusive speech in Belfast.

Donald Trump has appeared to share tweets from far-right group Britain First. The first video, originally shared by deputy leader Jayda Fransen, claimed to show "Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches".

A second re-post was captioned "Muslim destroys statue of Virgin Mary", while a third read "Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death".

Shortly afterwards, the President called on Americans to "boycott Fake News CNN".

It comes after Ms Fransen was arrested over a speech made at a rally in Belfast - the latest in a series of incidents over alleged hate speech and incitement by Britain First members.

Her account, which is partly automated, frequently shares unverified videos claiming to show migrants and Muslims physically or verbally attacking people in Europe.

She is the deputy leader of Britain First, which styles itself a political party but has been condemned by campaigners as a far-right extremist group.

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