Donald Trump retweets the deputy leader of Britain First
By Iona Gaskell | 29 November 2017
Donald Trump just retweeted a series of ant-Muslim tweets from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First. That's right - the President of the United States just amplified the views of a notorious far-right group, whose deputy leader is currently under investigation for hate speech and on bail facing 4 charges of religiously aggravated harassment.
The posts included unverified videos that Fransen claims show attacks by Muslims. These posts are very much in line with work that Britain First usually does: depicting people claimed to be immigrants involved in violent or criminal activity, and inferring that all immigrants - or all Muslims as the case may be - are to blame for that behaviour.
More United is grounded in five values: openness, democracy, opportunity, protecting the environment and tolerance. There have been times in the last year when people have asked why we bothered making those our values - surely these are "motherhood and apple pie" concepts that no one couple possibly disagree with.
But recent events in the UK and around the world have shown that these values are under threat.
Donald Trump's actions prove that tolerance and openness are most definitely not on his agenda - and he is not alone in those views, and they're certainly not confined to his side of the Atlantic.
We cannot just sit back and hope for the best, taking these values for granted - it's up to us to make sure they remain integral to our country and our political system.