The White House justified Donald Trump's promotion of anti-Muslim propaganda videos, even as evidence has surfaced that at least one of them is a complete fabrication.
At least one of the anti-Muslim videos that Donald Trump tweeted may be a complete fabrication, but the White House – which has railed against fake news – believes that is perfectly acceptable.
The video labeled "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches" that Trump tweeted was investigated by Dutch authorities, who determined that the assailant was neither Muslim nor a migrant.
Another video Trump pushed claims to show an "Islamist mob" pushing a boy off a roof and beating him to death. But what the video doesn't show is that the assailant, Mahmoud Ramadan was later arrested, tried, and executed for the murder in Egypt.
Despite these facts, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was acceptable for Trump to promote fake videos. She told the press, "Whether it's a real video, the threat is real. His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security."
She also claimed that the tweets aid border security because they prompted reporters to ask her about the issue.
Trump has made allegations of "fake news" one of the central issues of his failing presidency. Just hours before Sanders' statement, Trump was again floating unsubstantiated allegations of "fake news" about the press.
The decision to use the presidency to promote these fake videos has endangered Americans. Trump's support of this propaganda – produced by the hate group Britain First – has also created an international incident.
British prime minister Theresa May released an official statement condemning Trump.
"British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudice of the far-right, which it is the antithesis of the values that this country represents: decency tolerance and respect," her spokesman said. "It is wrong for the President to have done this."
The spokesman also specifically called out the group Trump promoted, noting, "Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions. They cause anxiety to law abiding people."
But Donald Trump is committed to bigotry. And despite his empty rhetoric on "fake news," he has promoted a fake video his underlings are now trying to justify it.