Trump’s anti-Muslim and anti-media tweets demonstrate deep insecurity from World Breaking News By Arcot R.V. Manivannan's blog



President Trump speaks to the media before talking with members of the armed forces via video conference at his private club, Mar-a-Lago, on Thanksgiving in West Palm Beach, Fla. 

At some point overnight, conservative writer Ann Coulter retweeted a video posted by Jayda Fransen, a leader of the far-right group Britain First who was convicted of harassment last year for verbally abusing a Muslim woman in Luton, England. She was arrested in October for violating the terms of her bail by appearing on a neo-Nazi radio show.
Fransen’s video was titled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” Coulter retweeted it and also followed Fransen, whose Twitter feed is littered with similar examples of videos depicting individual Muslims in a deeply negative light.
President Trump follows 45 people on Twitter, and Coulter is one of them. That’s probably how he saw the “Dutch boy” video Fransen posted, which he then retweeted.
After that, it seems, he looked at the rest of Fransen’s tweets, and retweeted two others: “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”
Before 7 a.m. Wednesday, the president of the United States tweeted a video of members of the Islamic State killing someone.

[Trump retweets inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos]
It’s hard to overstate how outside the political mainstream Fransen and Britain First actually are. Perhaps the best way to demonstrate the extent to which the group is toxic is to note that Paul Joseph Watson, one of the main writers for the fringe conspiracy site Infowars, warned on Twitter that retweeting Fransen was “not great optics.”
The question that arises, then, is: Why? Why is the leader of the free world retweeting virulent anti-Muslim videos, videos that serve no purpose other than to vilify Muslims broadly by isolating examples of unconscionable acts by individuals?
Trump’s other tweets Wednesday morning make the reasoning perfectly clear.
He began by retweeting himself in response to the show “Fox and Friends,” touting economic numbers that, he said, were in “record territory.” It was a defense, in short, of his presidency, using one of his favorite metrics — and one of the few objective metrics that show an unqualified positive for the country during his tenure.


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