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Britain First: 10 Times Far Group Retweeted By Donald Trump Spread Fake News

'I despair. I utterly despair.'

29/11/2017 14:07 GMT

Fake news accuser Donald Trump’s retweeting of three inflammatory anti-immigration posts from Britain First’s deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, on Wednesday seemingly couldn’t be more ironic. 

The party’s following - it has almost 2 million likes on Facebook - has largely been built on repackaging and manipulating news items, videos and photos to further their agenda.

Naturally, the party was delighted by Trump’s apparent endorsement. 

But Britain First has long been associated with spreading misleading information.

Here’s just ten times HuffPost has caught Britain First out for not even telling part of the truth. 

1) THE MIGRANT ATTACK THAT WASN’T

AUGUST 2017

Jayda Fransen tweeted a video she claimed showed “migrants in Spain attacking tourists and locals”.

The footage, however, showed UK rapper, MoStack, defending himself with a broom as someone tried to attack him with a knife in Ibiza in July.

2) SLAUGHTERHOUSE SHAM

JULY 2017

Britain First and its leader Paul Golding shared footage that incorrectly claimed to have been shot at a halal slaughter house.

The videos were in fact shot by Animal Aid investigators - in non-halal slaughterhouses - who accused the party of trying to “incite racial division” and also pointed out, another key point about the footage lots on Golding.  

“None of the footage in the video is of halal slaughter, nor do we claim it be, and much of it covers the killing of pigs, who are obviously not eaten by Muslims,” Ben Martin, campaigns manager at the animal rights organisation, said.  

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Britain First shared footage inside a slaughter house they claimed was halal, even though it showed the slaughter of pigs

(In May 2015 the party also invaded a halal slaughterhouse and accused both workers and customers of serving Satan and funding terrorism.)

3) THAT’S NOT CRICKET

APRIL 2017

Golding posts a video that he claims shows British Muslims celebrating a terror attack in Paris

The footage is actually from 2009 and shows Pakistani cricket fans celebrating their 20/20 World Cup victory.

It even shows a number of white Londoners being warmly embraced during the celebrations.

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The cricket celebrations re-packaged as a terror attack support

4) HE INVENTED THE QUESTION MARK

APRIL 2017

On St George’s Day Golding proudly declared on Twitter that he had “coined a new term” to mark the 23rd April. 

The word had been spoken since at least 1793 when it was used in the writings of one Thomas Jefferson who defined it as “intense hatred or fear of England or what is English”.

5) THE FASCIST THAT CRIED WOLF

November 2016

Golding claimed his life was in danger after he was imprisoned alongside hate-preachers and Islamic extremists after he breached the terms of a high court injunction. 

The Ministry of Justice later said the claim was “completely untrue”

6) THE MIGRANT CAMP THAT WASN’T

June 2016

Britain First claimed to have tracked down an “illegal migrant camp” in Mansfield which they then investigated. 

A short time later it was revealed that the couple living in the tent had been living in the area for a number of years, did not receive benefits and were from Latvia and Poland so cannot possibly be “illegal”. 

The tent was also pitched on private land.

7) FLAWED FOOTBALL ATTACK IN FRANCE

June 2016

The party shared a video purporting to show a group of Muslim men attacking Welsh pub-goers after Euro 2016 in France. 

It titled the video: “Muslims attack Welsh pub goers” and comes at a time when tensions are running high over the bloody clashes between football fans across the Channel.”

But as one commenter on the video noted, it in fact just showed a mob of white aggressors in a bar throwing chairs at a group of ethnic passers-by. 

“I think there must be something wrong with my video player. I can’t see any Muslims attacking Welsh pub goers,” reads one of the top-rated comments.

The film itself hails from 2014, and actually captured a major disturbance during an anti-Gaza conflict march in Cardiff.

8) SLAVE AUCTION SHAM

June 2016

Britain First posted a video it claims showed Muslim women being auctioned off in the streets of London.

The video was in fact a mock ‘Islamic State sex slave market’ staged by Kurdish activists in 2014.

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A video Britain First claimed showed women being auctioned as slaves in London

9) DOWNWARD FACING DRAMA

March 2016

Britain First posted a picture of school children seemingly doing a yoga pose which it said was “heartbreaking” in what appeared to be attempt to subtly imply the youngsters were being made to perform a Muslim prayer.

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A picture Britain First shared, implying that British school children were being taught Islam

A caption on the image read: “A British school. Heartbreaking.”

While some party supporters expressed disbelief, Nati Moore wrote on the post: “Looks like they are doing yoga to me 🙄 these photos can easily of been taken out of context! I don’t know of any school where pupils have been made to ‘pray’!”

10) CHOCOLATE BLAMED FOR TERROR ATTACK

December 2014

Britain First blamed Lindt’s supposed refusal to halal-certify its chocolate for a hostage situation in Sydney.