Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Editorial: Kobach Ignores Trump's Awful Behavior

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Editorial: Kobach Ignores Trump's Awful Behavior

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The day after Secretary of State Kris Kobach hosted Donald Trump Jr. at an event in Overland Park, President Trump retweeted three videos from the deputy leader of a far-right nationalist organization called Britain First. Here are their titles: "Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!," "Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!" and "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!"

These videos were posted for one reason alone: To generate mass xenophobia and hostility toward Muslims. Britain First is a paranoid, fringe organization that describes itself as the "patriotic resistance and 'frontline' for our long suffering people." Its members want to "slam shut the door to any further immigration" and believe "our people" should "come first, before foreigners, asylum seekers or migrants."

The woman who originally tweeted the videos, Jayda Fransen, was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment by a British court last year after screaming at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab. She shouted that Muslim men "cannot control their sexual urges" and accused them of "raping women across the continent," and she was on what Britain First calls a "Christian Patrol" when the incident took place. After Trump's retweets, Fransen gained 10,000 Twitter followers.

While Trump's behavior on Wednesday morning was divisive and grotesque, it certainly wasn't surprising. From his proposal of a Muslim registry and ban during the campaign to his false assertion that thousands of American Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks to his insistence that "Islam hates us" to his claim that he'd "strongly consider" closing mosques in the U.S., Trump always attacks Muslims when he thinks it'll give him a popularity boost.

Kobach's immovable support for the Trump family has been rewarded -- it's why Trump Jr. was in Kansas for a $200-a-plate dinner this week. …

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