Published: 18:00, 30 November 2017 |
Updated: 12:48, 01 December 2017
A Kent far-right leader whose incendiary videos precipitated a clash between Britain and the US has begged Donald Trump to intervene in her trial.
Yesterday Donald Trump retweeted three videos posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First who will shortly face charges of religiously aggravated harassment.
His apparent endorsement of a group which has campaigned against mosques opening up in Kent and what it calls the 'Islamification' of the United Kingdom sparked widespread condemnation - including from close ally Prime Minister Theresa May.
Now, Fransen, 31 has capitalised on her time in the media spotlight by posting another video thanking Mr Trump for his support.
She said: "On behalf of myself and every citizen of Britain and for everyone, every man and women who has fought and died for us to have freedom of speech, I am appealing to you for your help.
"I'm appealing for your intervention before I am thrown in jail and others receive the same treatment for simply speaking out."
The Penge resident and former Rochester and Strood by-election candidate was charged in September with religiously aggravated harassment in Kent.
She was accused, alongside Britain First leader Paul Golding over alleged activity during a gang-rape trial.
They were both arrested by Kent Police in May, and then re-arrested three months later.
It followed concerns relating to their alleged behaviour during the trial of four men for attacking a teenage girl above the 555 Pizza takeaway in Ramsgate.
Golding faces a separate charge of assault.
They are due to go on trial in January.
Donald Trump's retweeting of Fransen's videos, purporting to show Islamic militants attacking a Dutch boy, throwing someone off a roof and destroying Christian iconography attracted widespread condemnation yesterday.
Critics have accused the 71-year-old of giving a hate group the oxygen of publicity.
Today, Prime Minister Theresa May took time out on a visit to Jordan to criticise Mr Trump, saying he was wrong to endorse a British far-right group.
However, the President has rebuffed Mrs May's comments, responding "Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!"
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 30 November 2017
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