President Trump has offended pretty much the entirety of Britain’s political and media establishment up to and including the Prime Minister, the Mayor of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury. As a result, the Special Relationship is once more in jeopardy, and Trump has decided to cancel a planned working visit to the United Kingdom. In a moment I shall explain why the president is right and his
critics are wrong. But first a brief recap of what the fuss is all
Trump’s critics objected violently – or so they have publicly claimed – to three of his Twitter retweets. These retweets showed videos, purportedly of members of the Religion of Peace (TM) behaving less than peacefully. One depicted a bearded Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary. One showed an Islamist mob pushing a teenage boy off a roof and then beating him to death. One
showed a white Dutch boy on crutches being gratuitously beaten up by a
man described in the video caption as a “Muslim migrant”.
Prime Minister Theresa May; Mayor of London Sadiq Khan; and many
other politicians professed themselves to be appalled by this. As was
BBC news, which made this horror its lead story. But it wasn’t the sadistic brutality on any of the videos that
bothered them. It was the fact that the person whose tweets the
President had retweeted, Jayda Fransen, is the deputy of
a nationalistic, anti-immigration political party highly critical of
Islam called Britain First. According to Prime Minister Theresa May this was a grave mistake.
I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do. “Britain First is a hateful organisation. It seeks to spread division
and mistrust in our communities. It stands in fundamental opposition to
the values that we share as a nation – values of respect, tolerance
and, dare I say it, common decency.”
Some politicians went further.
London’s Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, sought to use Trump’s tweet as an
excuse to promote his ongoing campaign to prevent the President being
granted a State Visit to London.