In the long list of things that we actually cannot believe have happened, this may well have shot straight to the top of the list: Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, has just retweeted three anti-Islamic videos posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far-right, ultranationalist political party Britain First.
Britain First was founded by former members of the British National Party (BNP) so you can be in no doubt as to the sort of organisation it is.
The videos are entitled: ‘Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!’, ‘Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary’ and ‘Muslim Migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches’.
Fransen has was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment earlier this month after verbally abusing a woman wearing a hijab, and was fined almost £2,000.
Either Trump’s account has been hacked - unlikely, given he’s since posted his usual anti-CNN rhetoric (below) - or he’s gone way past the line, even for him.
Britain First and Fransen have now picked up on their ‘endorsement’ by the leader of the free world:
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! GOD BLESS AMERICA! OCS @JaydaBF @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/Cym2XCVpN9— Britain First (@BritainFirstHQ) November 29, 2017
Incredulous reactions have already begun to be posted on Twitter:
Trump sharing Britain First. Let that sink in. The President of the United States is promoting a fascist, racist, extremist hate group whose leaders have been arrested and convicted. He is no ally or friend of ours. @realDonaldTrump you are not welcome in my country and my city.— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 29, 2017
Even for his friend Piers Morgan, this was a step too far:
This is worth understanding too: Britain First aren't just "our far-right". They are fringe extremists. No serious politician in the UK pays any attention to them. They aren't political players, they are a straight-up hate group. And Trump is lending them HUGE legitimacy. https://t.co/wfcqw0K0AS— Jason Liggi (@Liggi) November 29, 2017
I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 29, 2017
As of the time of writing, the retweets remain and Trump continues to tweet as normal.