Husband of murdered British MP: Trump has become ‘a purveyor of hate’

The husband of the British member of Parliament who was murdered last year said President Trump is “a purveyor of hate.”

The husband of a British member of Parliament who was murdered last year said President Trump has become “a purveyor of hate” following his Wednesday retweets of a far-right British nationalist.

“This president has become a purveyor of hate, and it’s time that we all said that enough is enough and that we won’t tolerate that no matter what our political disagreements,” Brendan Cox said on CNN.


In an interview with CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Cox criticized Trump’s retweets of videos purportedly showing violence committed by Muslims that were originally posted by a deputy leader of the group Britain First.

The man who was found guilty of murdering Cox’s wife in June 2016 reportedly yelled “Britain first” when he attacked Jo Cox with a dagger and a gun.

Cox acknowledged that people may disagree about the role of Islam in a society, but condemned Trump’s tweets. 

Cox said earlier Wednesday that Trump “should be ashamed of himself.”

“Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself,” Cox wrote on Twitter.

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “wrong” for Trump to have shared the videos on Wednesday.

However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the president for retweeting the videos, saying that whether the videos are real or not, “the threat is real.”

“The threat is real and that is what the president is talking about,” she said Wednesday.

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