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The deputy leader of Britain First, the far-right extremist group, has appealed to US President Donald Trump for assistance with her upcoming court case.
Jayda Fransen praised the Donald Trump for retweeting various inflammatory videos from her own Twitter account.
The first video claimed to show a man on crutches being attacked by a Muslim Migrant, even though Dutch officials later verified that the attacker was born and raised in the Netherlands. This was followed by two more videos of people that Fransen claimed to be Muslim.
The deputy leader made use of the social media site to post a video message to Donald Trump.
In the video, the 31-year-old stated: “This is a message to the President of the United States Donald Trump. I’d like to start by saying how delighted I am that, as the leader of the free world you took the time out to retweet three of my videos on Twitter today.”
Fransen went on to ask for the help of Trump for her upcoming court case.
The deputy leader has been accused by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) with making use of “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour,” over speeches that she has made last August in Belfast at the “Northern Ireland Against Terrorism” rally. Fransen is scheduled to appear at the Belfast Magistrates’ Court on the 14th of December.
Fransen said that the US President had “shed light” on her ”plight here in Britain, in that I am facing prison for giving a speech in which I criticised Islam.”
The deputy leader continued: “This is evidence that Britain has become Sharia compliant and our establishment has now instituted legislation that constitutes blasphemy laws here in the UK. On behalf of myself and every citizen of Britain and for everyone, every man and woman that has fought bled and died for us to have to have the freedom of speech, I am appealing to you for your help.
“I am appealing to you for your help, I am appealing for your intervention before I am thrown in jail, and other receive the same treatment for simply speaking out. God bless you, Donald Trump.”
The decision of Donald Trump to share the tweets was widely criticised.
The spokesperson for Theresa May said that Britain First used “hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions,” while Jeremy Corbyn said that the retweets “dangerous” and “abhorrent.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury also requested Trump to delete his retweets.
Justin Welby made use of social media to criticise the group, who he described as “not sharing our values of tolerance and solidarity.”
However, The White House defended the retweeting Trump of the unverified, Islamophobic videos and said that the US President was driving home a significant point – regardless if the videos are real or not.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Press Secretary, told reporters: “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real. His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.”