Fresno Islamic leader 'not surprised' at Trump's latest retweets

The President shared a series of anti-Muslim videos Tuesday

FRESNO, Calif. - A local Islamic leader reacts to President Trump's inflammatory retweets of anti-Muslim videos. The videos were initially shared by the leader of an ultra-nationalist British party. The clips show Muslims allegedly committing crimes. Trump's retweets of the clips have sparked outrage.

Reza Nekumanesh says he isn't even surprised at Trump's tweets. He believes the President is providing a megaphone for divisiveness.

One video is titled 'Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches'. The second is called "Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!" Finally, a four-year-old video called "Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!" President Trump retweeted all three videos on Tuesday.
The series of videos come from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right group known for its anti-Islam political stunts.

"Islam has threatened the world for far too long," said Fransen in a previous interview.

"The unfortunate thing is that I'm not surprised," said Reza Nekumanesh, Executive Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.

Nekumanesh says Trump is using these videos to promote a travel ban and tighter immigration policies.

"He's equating a video of immoral and unethical people doing immoral, unethical things and relating that to a world religion," said Nekumanesh.

After Trump shared the inflammatory clips, Fransen tweeted in response "God Bless you Trump, God bless America." When media asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders about verifying the source of the anti-Muslim videos, she responded with this statement.

"Whether it's a real video, the threat is real and that is what the President is talking about," said Sanders.

It's been a year since Trump's presidential election and Nekumanesh says his community still has hope but growing divisiveness stands in the way.

"The President that we have serving us is espousing exactly the opposite of what we say that we stand for as a nation," said Nekumanesh.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May criticized Trump for retweeting the anti-Muslim videos. The President fired back, telling her to focus on radical Islamic terrorism in the U.K.

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