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British White Supremacist Leader Trump Retweeted is Arrested for Hate Crimes

He was arrested for alleged hate speech during a rally.

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You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep (and retweet). As president, Donald Trump has surrounded himself with white supremacists like Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller and caused an international uproar after retweeting Paul Golding, another white supremacist across the Atlantic Ocean.

Golding is the leader of Britain First, which is a far-right group behind the fake news Trump spread to his followers just a few weeks ago. He was arrested in connection with hate speech uttered during a rally. The Guardian reports:

Paul Golding, 35, was arrested shortly after arriving at Belfast magistrates court. He was accompanying his deputy, Jayda Fransen, 31, to her first appearance after being charged with “using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour” at the same rally.

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “Detectives investigating speeches made at the Northern Ireland Against Terrorism rally on Sunday 6 August this year have arrested a 35-year-old man today, Thursday 14 December, in the Belfast area. He has been taken to Musgrave PSNI station for interview. There are no further details at this stage.”

Golding’s deputy Fransen was also arrested today and released on bail. Her next court appearance is in January.