Trump Tweets Videos of Muslim Migrant Attacking Dutch Boy, Muslim Lynch Mob-Truth! & Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
President Trump tweeted a series of videos that reportedly show a Muslim migrant attacking a Dutch boy on crutches and a Muslim lynch mob killing a boy.
Anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Trump on November 29 contain both accurate and false claims about what the videos show.
Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far right political group Britain First, originally tweeted the videos. The videos are labeled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!” And a man destroys a statute of the Virgin Mary in a third video that the president retweeted.
But do these videos actually show what they claim to show? The answer is both yes and no.
False Claims: Video Shows Muslim Migrant Attacking Dutch Boy on Crutches
An attack on a Dutch boy on crutches is captured in the first video. But the attacker is not a “Muslim migrant.” He’s a 16-year-old Dutch boy from Edam-Volendam.
The video was originally posted at Dumpert, a Dutch photo and video sharing website. It’s not clear why the boy on crutches was attacked. But police used the video to track down the attacker and a 16-year-old boy who shot the video. Both were arrested, the Dutch newspaper Telegraraf reported in May 2017.
VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! pic.twitter.com/11LgbfFJDq
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 28, 2017
After the president’s retweet, Dumpert goaded him in a followup post. The post calls the president’s retweet “fake news” and said the attacker was not a Muslim or an immigrant. A remark about the attacker being Muslim that appears in the original post’s comment section led to the video being mislabeled.
The Public Prosecution Service of North Netherlands weighed in, too. Through its official twitter account, the office said the video shows an altercation between two local boys:
The suspect, who was born and raised in the Netherlands, received a HALT settlement (https://t.co/w62MNOFvug). This has been successfully completed. (2/2)
— OM Noord-Holland (@OMNoord_Holland) November 29, 2017
So, in conclusion, the video retweeted by Trump does not show a Muslim migrant attacking a boy on crutches.
Confirmed: Video Shows “Islamist Mob” Push Teenage Boy From Roof
A second video that President Trump retweeted actually shows what it claims to show. A caption appearing with the original tweet states: “VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”
VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death! pic.twitter.com/XxtlxNNSiP
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 29, 2017
The video was shot in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2013. It shows a mob of former President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters attacking a group of teenagers who were celebrating Morsi’s removal from office. The mob chased the young men onto a roof. After a brief standoff, two men were pushed off a 20-foot bridge and attacked, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports:
One 19-year-old, Hamada Badr, died while his two friends were left seriously injured.
His father, Mohammed Badr, said: ‘Do you know the teenager that they killed and disfigured his body and threw from the fifth floor is only 19 and four days?
‘All he was guilty of was that he was on the roof of the building, celebrating the ousting of Morsi.
‘But the Brotherhood waged a war against whoever was celebrating Morsi’s departure.’
In the end, one of the videos retweeted by Trump shows what it claims to show. The other video does not. That’s why we’re calling this one “truth” and “fiction.”