Even for those people lucky enough not to pay much attention to Donald Trump before the last year, he’s introduced himself with blinding clarity—Trump is a vile, lying, racist, sexist, petty, bullying, and deeply cruel son of a bitch.
For those who for some reason needed a reminder, Trump’s overnight Twitter statements included at least three videos showing people beaten or killed. All of which are claimed to be crimes committed by Muslims. These are not commentaries by Trump, or news reports on the events. These are raw, violent videos designed to generate an emotional response. The first shows a boy on crutches being beaten. The second a religious statue being destroyed. The third a young man being shoved off a roof. All of them are tagged with inflammatory titles like “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”
The source of these videos is Jayda Fransen. Fransen is one of the leaders of the extreme white nationalist party Britain First. Not one of them takes place in America. There are good reasons to doubt the videos, which come with no explanations, background, or proof that they show what they purport to show. There have certainly been violent acts connected with Britain First in the past …
Thomas Mair, the extreme rightwing terrorist, shouted “Britain first” before killing the MP Jo Cox during the EU referendum campaign last year.
After three videos of unqualified Muslim hatred, Trump then had the unmitigated gall to return to attacking CNN, NBC and Comcast for “fake news,” going so far as to suggest a boycott of CNN. At the same time, Trump is now disparaging a tape which the entire nation heard, and which he previously both admitted to and apologized for. The level of both reckless hate and narcissistic delusion just went up another notch.
More than that, Trump has actually revived his adherence to the “birther” conspiracy …
In recent months, they say, Mr. Trump has used closed-door conversations to question the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.