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White House: Truth Does Not Matter

“Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.”

by Emily Shugerman

(Independent) – The White House has defended the unverified, Islamophobic videos that Donald Trump shared as driving home an important point – regardless of if they are real or not.

“Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.”

Mr Trump retweeted several videos from far-right extremist group Britain First on Wednesday morning. The videos purported to show violence by Muslims, such as “Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches”. Another claimed to show an “Islamist mob” pushing a teenager off a roof and beating him to death.

The videos have not been independently verified. In a least one incident, local media and police never identified the alleged attacker as Muslim.

Ms Sanders, however, maintained that the videos did not need to be verified, claiming the media was focusing on “the wrong thing”.

“I’m not talking about the nature of the video,” she said. “…The threat is real, what the President is talking about – the need for national security and military spending – those are very real things, there’s nothing fake about that.”

At least one of the videos has been discredited by the site where it was originally published. The footage of a boy on crutches being attacked was posted to Dutch website Dumpert.nl in May of this year. The original video post contained no mention of the alleged attacker’s religion, though some commenters speculated over it. After Mr Trump retweeted the video, Dumpert.nl posted a short article calling it “fake news”.

“Dader was not a Muslim and not an immigrant, but nice try Trumpie,” they wrote.

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