Each of Trump's three retweets attracted a flood of comments from people across the world criticizing the president for sharing such inflammatory videos while far right supporters in the U.S. and Britain defended the tweets. But it was the third video that really undermined the president's argument and highlighted how fake news can permeate even the most powerful office in the world.
VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! pic.twitter.com/11LgbfFJDq� Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 28, 2017
The Netherlands embassy in the United States tagged the president in its reply and said 'facts do matter'. "The perpetrator of the violent act in this video was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law," the embassy tweeted. The video was first posted by Dutch video portal Dumpert in May. The site wrote a story mocking Trump for retweeting the video and further stated that the assailant in the video was neither a Muslim nor was he an immigrant. U.S. fact-checking website Snopes stated that a news report from�the�Telegraaf�identified the attacker as a 16-year-old boy from Monnickendam. The report did not mention of the boy�s religion, Snopes said. FACTS ABOUT THE OTHER TWO VIDEOS Video 1
.@realDonaldTrump Facts do matter. The perpetrator of the violent act in this video was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law.� Netherlands Embassy ?? (@NLintheUSA) November 29, 2017
The video� is from Egypt in 2013.�The incident was part of the large-scale violence that followed the removal of Mohamed Morsi as president in 2013. The attacks were carried out by�the Muslim Brotherhood militia who were supporters of Morsi. (Read more about the incident in the Guardian's 2015 story -�Egypt carries out first death sentence after mass trials of Morsi supporters) Video 2
VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death! pic.twitter.com/XxtlxNNSiP� Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 29, 2017
The second video is from Syria from October 2013. Syrian�Wahhabi cleric, Omar Gharba also known as�Sheikh Omar Raghba can be seen on camera smashing the statue of the Virgin Mary. The incident took place in Qunaya, a village in the northern countryside of Idlib province, the New York Times reported. Despite the Dutch embassy's tweet, Donald Trump has remained defiant and instead got into a new diplomatic row with Britain's Prime Minister�Theresa May in response to criticism from her spokesperson for retweeting the videos.
VIDEO: Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary! pic.twitter.com/qhkrfQrtjV� Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 29, 2017
.@Theresa_May, don�t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!� Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017