This week, the president of the United States passed along malicious messages from a racist, ultranationalist fringe group directly to almost 44 million people. Those 44 million follow him on Twitter and may have now retweeted those anti-Muslim messages to millions more.
The president retweeted three videos posted by a leader of the group Britain First. All the videos blame Muslims for crimes or offenses, but within hours, they were shown to make claims that are either false or wrenched out of context. Prime Minister Theresa May's office said Britain First "seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives that stoke tensions." It's as if the British prime minister had passed along a tweet from David Duke — who, by the way, saw the Britain First videos and tweeted, "Thank God for Trump! That's why we love him!"
The videos are anti-Muslim screeds that you would hope a middle school student would recognize as unfounded and inflammatory. But they were retweeted, without skepticism or comment, by the president of the United States.