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Lindsey Graham: Trump's Retweets of Muslim Videos 'Very Unhelpful Decision'

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By    |   Thursday, 30 November 2017 02:31 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., ripped President Donald Trump Thursday for retweeting three videos that purportedly showed Muslims acting violent toward non-Muslims.

The three videos were originally tweeted by Jayda Fransen of Britain First, a political group that has come under fire for targeting Muslims.

"I think it was a very unhelpful decision by the president to embrace a right-wing website in Britain that markets in Islamophobia and religious bigotry and give it credibility," Graham told CNN.

Graham then explained that he's learned a lot on the 42 trips he's taken to the Middle East region over the years, which has led him to conclude that "bigotry" is not the way to defeat radical Islam.

"When you embrace religious bigotry, when you say that all Muslims are the same, then you're undercutting our effort to win the war," he said. "All of our Muslim allies throughout the world have to be disappointed that President Trump chooses to embrace this website."

British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Trump's retweeting of the videos; Graham said he sided with May on the matter.

"To the British prime minister: I understand your concerns. I think it was very inappropriate for the president of the United States to retweet these videos because they just breed hatred and contempt," he told CNN.

"The way to fight the war against radical Islam is to side with those who reject the radical elements of their own faith, not cast the entire faith with a broad brush, and I just cannot tell you how big a miscalculation this is. This is embracing people who are religious bigots."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., ripped President Donald Trump Thursday for retweeting three videos that purportedly showed Muslims acting violent toward non-Muslims.
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