- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 30, 2017

The British nationalist whom President Trump retweeted this week is now asking for Mr. Trump’s help to keep her out of jail, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday.

Jayda Fransen released a video appeal calling on Mr. Trump to help her beat the rap on a criminal charge stemming from an August speech in Belfast in which the deputy leader of the Britain First ultranationalist group is alleged to have broken the law by using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior,” The Hill said

“On behalf of myself and every citizen in Britain, and for everyone, every man and woman that has fought, bled and died for us to have the freedom of speech, I am appealing to you, for your help,” she said in the video, according to The Hill.

“I am appealing for your intervention before I am thrown in jail, and others receive the same treatment for simply speaking out.” Ms. Fransen is due to face a judge in a Belfast court on Dec. 14.

In the video, Ms. Fransen points to her legal woes as evidence to back Britain First’s complaints of creeping Islamism in the country’s cultural and political establishment.

“This is evidence that Britain has become Sharia compliant, and our establishment have now instituted legislation that constitutes blasphemy laws here in the U.K.,” she said, The Hill reported.

While Ms. Fransen is hoping Mr. Trump can wield his influence with the British government, at least one left-wing member of Parliament is now on record saying the U.S. president should actually be arrested on charges of inciting religious hatred should he come to the country. 

In January, Mr. Trump accepted an invitation for a state visit to the United Kingdom, but the date for the occasion has yet to be locked down.

Trump should be arrested for inciting racial hatred if May allows him to set foot on UK soil,” Paul Flynn, a Labour MP who has represented the Welsh constituency of Newport West for 30 years, tweeted Thursday morning, referring to Prime Minister Theresa May.

In 2011, Mr. Flynn himself was the subject of controversy after he complained that the British ambassador to Israel at the time, Matthew Gould, was ill-fitted for the job because he was Jewish and prone to divided loyalties.

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