Far-Right Group’s Leaders Whom Trump Retweeted Their Islamophobic Videos Are Jailed
The leaders of the far-right group Britain First, whom President Trump retweeted their Islamophobic videos, were found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.

The far-right group’s leader Paul Golding and his deputy Jayda Fransen were convicted of hate crimes after trying to promote Islamophobia during a trial in Kent in May last year.

The US President once retweeted a series of overtly Islamophobic videos shared by Fransen on Twitter last November. Three videos were determined to have been taken out of context by Fransen.

Donald Trump has refused to apologise for the retweets. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary addressed the retweets as a way to raise awareness about “real threats we have to talk about.”

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Although, later in January, Trump said he could possibly apologise, without apologising outright.

“If you are telling me they’re horrible people, horrible, racist people, I would certainly apologize if you’d like me to do that,” he told Piers Morgan during an interview with British television.

​Following a trial at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, Fransen was jailed for 36 weeks and Golding for 18 weeks after they were convicted on several counts of religiously-aggravated harassment.

Detective Inspector Bill Thornton, of Kent Police, said the crimes were “abhorrent” and the force would not tolerate crimes motivated by prejudice and hate, adding: “The fact that completely innocent members of the public were accused of being rapists, making them fear for their own safety, shows how little regard they [Golding and Fransen] have for the consequences of their actions.”

Their group is widely known in the UK for spreading Islamophobic and racist videos, including many proven to be fake.

“It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants,” Judge Justin Barron said in announcing the convictions of Fransen and Golding: “their actions demonstrated hostility toward Muslims and Islam.”

Formerly in 2016, Fransen also was found guilty of racially aggravated harassment for approaching a woman wearing a hijab and telling her that she kept her hair covered so that she wouldn’t get raped.

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