BRITISH politicians, who are furious at Donald Trump’s unrepentant promotion of a far-right hate group have called the U.S President, a “fascist” and an “evil racist.”
There are growing calls for the Theresa May government to rescind its invitation to Trump for an official state visit to Britain, which would involve a possible street parade and visit to meet the Queen.
The House of Commons called an emergency debate on Thursday after Trump doubled down on his three retweets of anti-Muslim posts by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right fringe party Britain First.
Fransen is facing hate speech charges over a speech she delivered in Northern Ireland in August, where she was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment for hurling abuse at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, telling her Muslim men were “coming into my country raping women across the continent”.
Trump retweeted three videos tweeted by Fransen, one purporting to be of an atrocity by Islamic extremists, a second the destruction of a statue of the Virgin Mary, and the third an attack on a Dutch teenager on crutches, allegedly by Muslim immigrants.
The retweets by Trump appear to have added 26,000 followers to Fransen’s Twitter account – a 50 per cent increase on two days ago – and she publicly thanked him.
On Wednesday, the group changed its Facebook cover photo to a picture of Trump.
May, who was on a trip to the Middle East, said on Thursday that retweeting from Britain First “was the wrong thing to do”, but did not say she would cancel Trump’s state visit.
The Commons debate was called by Labour MP Stephen Doughty, who said Trump was “either a racist, incompetent or unthinking – or all three” for sharing the videos.
Sajid Javid, secretary of state for communities and local government, said Trump had “endorsed the views of a vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me and people like me”.
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable called on May to rescind Trump’s invitation to a state visit, saying she must “end [the] humiliating dependence of Brexit Britain on [the] goodwill of [an] evil racist”.
Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner called Trump a “fascist president”.