Lindsey Graham calls Trump retweets of anti-Muslim videos "unhelpful," "inappropriate"
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCIV / CNN) —
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is joining the criticism of President Donald Trump, over Trump’s retweeting of three anti-Muslim videos from a far-right extremist group.
Sen. Graham weighed in Thursday, calling the tweets “unhelpful.”
“I just cannot tell you how big a miscalculation this is,” Graham said. “This is embracing people who are religious bigots.”
The tweets have prompted condemnation from both U.S. and U.K. officials, including British Prime Minister Theresa May.
"To the British Prime Minister, I understand your concerns,” Graham said. “I think it was very inappropriate for the President of the United States to retweet these videos, because they just breed hatred and contempt.”
State department officials have been on high alert following the retweets of the videos in fear it could start protests at the U.S. Embassies. So far no incidents have been reported.
The authenticity of two videos Trump retweeted haven’t been verified. Online rumor checking website Snopes has debunked a third video as false.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters earlier in the week it didn’t matter if the videos were real, saying the “threat” of violence by extremist Muslims is “real.”