President Trump runs his Twitter account in a manner that can certainly be described as, how do you say, unconventional. On any given day, he might be pushing the U.S. to the brink of war with North Korea or embarrassing the heck out of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by publicly berating him. Yet what transpired on Wednesday morning was more outrageous than the usual Trump antics. Whoever was running the account retweeted multiple videos from a far-right, anti-Muslim group called Britain First.
Here are some screencaps for posterity, and they are ugly business. One of the (allegedly fake, but does it matter?) clips is captioned in manner of a snuff film: “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”
As of this writing (a few hours later), the tweets haven’t been “unretweeted” and are still visible on Trump’s Twitter account. As a result, Britain First Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen’s account was thrilled: “THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD TRUMP, HAS RETWEETED THREE OF DEPUTY LEADER JAYDA FRANSEN’S TWITTER VIDEOS! DONALD TRUMP HIMSELF HAS RETWEETED THESE VIDEOS AND HAS AROUND 44 MILLION FOLLOWERS! GOD BLESS YOU TRUMP!”
Needless to say, no one knows what on earth is going on, who retweeted these videos, and why they’re still on the page. Even Piers Morgan, who loves controversy and tosses out unsavory statements for fun, called POTUS out for promoting “a bunch of disgustingly racist far-right extremists.”
Others spoke out about the terrible optics of the situation.
As for Trump, he later chimed in on Matt Lauer’s firing like nothing was amiss.
UPDATE: Following further condemnation from across the pond by British Prime Minister Theresa May (“the President is wrong to have done this”), Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended (as relayed by CBS’ Major Garrett) Trump’s retweets in the interest of “strong border security and strong national security.”