After President Trump retweeted a handful of videos that originated with a controversial group called Britain First, a spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May criticized him for promoting a hateful ideology.
“It’s wrong for the president to have done this,” said the spokesperson on Tuesday. He told reporters that Britain First “seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives that stoke tensions,” representing “the anthesis of the values that this country represents: decency, tolerance and respect.”
Trump took exception to the slap on Wednesday, telling the British prime minister to mind her own business.
“@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom,” he wrote. “We are doing just fine!”
Trump’s decision to tweet the videos was even more controversial than most of what he does on social media. While the president is accustomed to criticism from the left and from the usual naysaying voices in the Republican/conservative establishment, these videos – some of which appear to be misleading, if not altogether fake – drew scorn from some of his fiercest allies.
Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson said that Trump should have known that tweeting Britain First videos was “bad optics” and even Nigel Farage – a stronger anti-immigrant ally Trump has never had – said the videos were in bad taste. Only a handful of his prominent supporters cheered the decision, but it’s probably not a great thing when only David Duke and Ann Coulter are giving you the thumbs up.
On the other hand, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was right when she told reporters that the veracity of the videos themselves was not the important part of the story. The threat from the Islamization of Europe is as real as it gets, and it’s important for Trump to remind people of that fact.
Behind it all, we have the left – particularly the British left – freaking out about the U.S. president shining a spotlight on a very real problem. No surprise why – this is a problem European leaders are eager to ignore. To make excuses for. To quell discussion of. Unless there is a terrorist attack in broad daylight, they prefer to pretend they don’t have Islamic neighborhoods popping up all over the place where normal British citizens – and even police – fear to tread. They would prefer to ignore the fact that Jewish residents in these countries are bring forced to remove their traditional religion adornments in public for fear of being attacked. They would prefer not to address the fact that sexual assault crimes have skyrocketed thanks to unrestrained Muslim immigration. So when you have someone like Trump or a group like Britain First trying to let people know what’s really going on, they are all over it like white on rice.
If they were as offended by Islamic violence as they are by anti-Islamic videos, they would be in a much better place right now.