When Trump lovin' Infowars, that purveyor of crazy conspiracy theories (Sandy Hook actors, Vegas false flag, Hillary runs a child sex slave ring in the basement of a popular DC Family Pizza restaurant), thinks Trump's morning tweets were unwise, you know there's a problem.
Yeah, someone might want to tell whoever is running Trump's Twitter account this morning that retweeting Britain First is not great optics. 🤔— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 29, 2017
Apropos of nothing obvious, Trump retweeted 3 videos from a far right Brit extremist group.
VIDEO: Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary! pic.twitter.com/qhkrfQrtjV— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 29, 2017
This is offensive to many Catholics, but how different is it from Christians who've publicly burned the Quran or mocked Muhanmed in cartoons?
VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death! pic.twitter.com/XxtlxNNSiP— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 29, 2017
And again, if I were to post this, Muslims might find it more than a little provocative.
VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! pic.twitter.com/11LgbfFJDq— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 28, 2017
And it's been reported that the attacker in video 3 was arrested and is neither a Muslim nor a migrant. Responding to the press, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, actually said: 'Whether it is a real video, the threat is real.'
My point here isn't to go tit for tat. Certainly, today, extremist Muslims are a far greater threat than Christians. The point is that the president of the United States woke up early this morning and decided to selectively retweet what he thought to be three videos of Muslims being bad.
Whether he did it to distract from something else or to throw red meat to the bigoted end of the spectrum, the fact is he chose to smear a billion people for whatever end he was out to achieve, if he even knows what he was out to achieve.
And while we can't assume he even knows his own motivations at the deepest levels, we can imagine the effects his actions could have on others. Next time you hear about an attack on an American Muslim, a Sikh or a Hindu mistaken for a Muslim, know that the President of the United States is in the mix, stirring up wholesale hatred for a group of people, the overwhelming majority of whom are innocent of any wrongdoing.
This kind of behavior, also undermines claims that bigotry isn't part of Trump's appeal.
In other morning tweets from Trump, the president gloated over Matt Lauer's firing and managed to somehow link it to fake news, which makes him the Emperor With No Clothes on more than one level.
He also attacked Joe Scarborough with a tweet suggesting that Scarborough should be investigated for the murder of an intern found dead in his office many years ago. It's an odd tweet given that yesterday, Joe Scarborough removed all of his personal criticisms of Trump from twitter to focus on policy commentary. Perhaps there's a link between Trump's tweet and Scarborough's decision, but it's an odd way to respond to someone who just said he won't engage in personal attacks anymore. But I guess Scarborough couldn't resist one last shot after this morning's Trump frenzy.
Last piece of news about these tweets, the Brit First leader Trump retweeted this morning was convicted later in the day of anti-Muslim harassment of a mother in front of her children.