The mother of Manchester Arena attack victim Martyn Hett has given Donald Trump a lesson in how to respond to anti-Muslim propaganda in a message lauded as “dignified and heartfelt”.
Figen Murray told the US President to “stop all this hate campaign” on Twitter after Trump was widely condemned, including by British Prime Minister Theresa May, for sharing three tweets from Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen on Wednesday.
Hett, 29, was killed along with 21 others when a bomb packed with shrapnel exploded at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22.
Murray tweeted at Trump after he responded to May’s statement that he was “wrong” to share posts from a “hateful organisation” dedicated to spreading division and mistrust.
“Spreading racist material is equal to throwing petrol into a burning fire,” she wrote. “Anger breeds anger, hate breeds hate! Please stop all this hate campaign.”
Fransen, 31, is due in court next month on a charge of using threatening or abusive language following a far-right rally in Belfast this summer. On Friday her far-right group boasted of gaining hundreds of new membership applications after Trump gave it international exposure.
Murray’s tweet had been shared over 3,000 times by Friday morning and liked by over 9,000 people.
The tone of the message resonated on social media where Murray was described as a “giant of a human being” and someone people should “aspire” to be like.