'Donald Trump has sown seeds of hatred that incite events like Charlottesville'

'Donald Trump has sown seeds of hatred that incite events like Charlottesville'

Donald Trump retweeted Jayda Fransen

Thursday, November 30, 2017

One of Britain's most active anti-racism campaigners has said we need to worry after Donald Trump's retweets as he has sown the seeds of hatred that cause incidents like Charlottesville.

Trump retweeted three controversial videos posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, allegedly showing Muslims committing acts of aggression and violence including murder.

Theresa May has slammed the retweets as "wrong" but Trum responded by telling her she needs to focus more on terrorism and less on his use of social media.

Simon Woolley, the founder of Operation Black Vote, told Sam Delaney: "Yes we should worry because [Trump is] sowing these seeds of hatred that legitimise what [groups like Britain First] do. We haven't even begun to see how that unfolds, we saw a glimpse in Charlottesville."

He believes the retweets show "the so-called leader of the free world supporting [groups like Britain First], propagating their material, giving them the nod to say [what they do is] ok."

But he claims "mainstream society has said it’s not acceptable and of course the heavy arm of the law comes down strongly on it."

He also questioned whether a state visit for Trump would be right as he says many people aren't allowed into the country due to being deemed not "conducive to the public good."

Woolley continued: "Imagine for a second if Donald Trump set foot in the United Kingdom. First of all you’d have tens of thousands of wretched horrible far-right groups waving flags and proclaiming how wonderful he is.

"Then, on the opposite side, you would have people who would vehemently object quite rightly to neo-Nazis and their leader. Would that be conducive to the public good?

"I'm sure when Theresa May saw this on her way to the Middle East on her way to Muslim countries her heart must have sunk."

Listen to the full interview above