WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, after President Donald Trump retweeted a series of
inflammatory Islamophobic posts – at least one of which had already been
debunked -- from a British far-right account rife with anti-Muslim content,
U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services
Committee, issued the following statement:
“The violence depicted in these videos is
horrific, but it is abhorrent that President Trump would choose to deliberately
fan the flames of hatred and religious bigotry.
“By retweeting this kind of propaganda,
President Trump continues a trend of failing to grasp what the office of the
President of the United States has historically stood for.
“This type of mindless, inflammatory
online-rhetoric could lead to real-world violence against innocent Americans
and endanger the lives of our troops overseas. Indeed, that point was
driven home by the United Kingdom’s conservative Prime Minister today.
“President Trump should stop targeting
religious groups and delete this hateful tweet.”