The Twitter account for the Netherlands Embassy in D.C. took the extraordinary step Wednesday of rebuking President Trump for retweeting what it said was a factually incorrect video.
On Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump retweeted a Nov. 28 tweet by Jayda Fransen, which included a video of a young man assaulting individual. “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” read the caption.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m. EST, the Dutch embassy’s Twitter account responded to Mr. Trump’s retweet, saying, “.@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.”
Mr. Trump’s retweets of items from Ms. Fransen’s feed have met with denunciation from the British political and social establishment, including condemnation from Prime Minister Theresa May and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, among others, The Guardian newspaper reported.
Ms. Fransen is the deputy leader of a group called Britain First, which describes itself on its official website as “a patriotic political party and street movement that opposes and fights the many injustices that are routinely inflicted on the British people.” As The Guardian reported Wednesday, the group claims a membership of only around 1,000, and it has been officially “deregistered by the Electoral Commission this month after it failed to pay a routine £25 fee, which means it cannot place candidates on ballot papers under the party name.”
Earlier this month The Independent newspaper reported Ms. Fransen was arrested in London after an investigation by Northern Irish police into inflammatory comments she is alleged to have made at a Belfast political rally.