- The widower of a murdered British parliamentarian responded to President Donald Trump’s social-media interactions with the far-right group, Britain First on Tuesday night.
- Brendan Cox suggested that Trump’s online behaviour can only hurt the US in the long run.
- British Prime Minister Theresa May scolded Trump over his retweets of anti-Muslim videos posted by Britain First leader Jayda Fransen, then Trump shot back at May, too.
Brendan Cox, the husband of a British parliamentarian who was murdered by a far-right sympathizer, responded to President Donald Trump’s social-media interactions with the leader of the group Britain First on Tuesday night.
“I think we probably got used to a degree of absurdity, of outrageous retweets and tweets from the president, but I think this felt like it was a different order,” Cox told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night.
“Here he was retweeting a felon, somebody who was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment of an organisation that is a hate-driven organisation on the extreme fringes of the far, far right of British politics.”
“This is like the president retweeting the Ku Klux Klan,” Cox said.
Jo Cox, Brendan’s wife, was murdered in June 2016 by far-right extremist Thomas Mair. During the attack he shouted “Britain first!,” though it has never been established whether that was a specific endorsement of the group, or a vague nationalist slogan.
Trump earlier on Tuesday shared a string of anti-Muslim videos embedded in tweets from the far-right activist Jayda Fransen, Britain First’s deputy leader.
The authenticity of those videos was called into question during a White House press conference on Tuesday afternoon, but press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to acknowledge doubts about their veracity.
Cox spoke to Trump’s temperament in his interview with CNN Tuesday night: “This president has become a purveyor of hate and it’s time we all said enough is enough and we won’t tolerate that no matter what our political disagreements.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May scolded Trump over his retweets, and Trump shot back in a familiar way, using recent terror attacks in that part of the world to snap at May and the UK, one of America’s oldest and most steadfast allies.
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Brendan Cox, widower of murdered British MP slams White House defense of Trump's anti-Muslim retweets: "In the list of desperate attempts to defend something that was indefensible this was a pretty pathetic attempt at doing so" https://t.co/0wDi1FwIcv https://t.co/GOOcVhZAXP
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 30, 2017