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‘Britain First’ deputy leader asks Trump to help her avoid prison
The deputy leader of the ultranationalist group Britain First on Thursday asked for President Trump to intervene before she is thrown in jail "for simply speaking out."
Her appeal to the president comes after Trump on Wednesday morning retweeted three videos from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, which purported to show violent acts by Muslims.
In a video posted on Twitter that tagged Trump, Fransen said she was "delighted" that Trump retweeted her videos.
She said she is facing prison for "giving a speech in which I criticized Islam."
"This is evidence that Britain has become Sharia-compliant and our establishment have now instituted legislation that constitutes blasphemy laws here in the U.K." she said in the video.
"On behalf of myself and every citizen in Britain, and for everyone, every man and woman that has fought, bled and died for us to have the freedom of speech, I am appealing to you, for your help.
"I am appealing for your intervention before I am thrown in jail and others receive the same treatment for simply speaking out," she continued.
Fransen was charged with using "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior" in speeches she made earlier this year, according to the BBC. She is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Dec. 14.
Trump, who talked during his campaign about barring Muslims from entering the country, faced backlash Wednesday after retweeting the controversial videos.
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the action and London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Trump should not be welcomed in the U.K.
The leader of the United Kingdom's left-wing Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called for the British government to condemn the retweets.
"I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society," Corbyn tweeted.