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Trump at the 2019 National Day of Prayer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump retweeted far-right internet personality Paul Joseph Watson on Saturday, who was banned from Instagram and Facebook this week for spreading "dangerous" extremist rhetoric and violating hate speech policies.

Why it matters: Real-world hate crimes are putting pressure on Facebook and other platforms to crack down on pages and accounts that have repeatedly shared false information or hate speech. The president is expressing support for one of these extremist internet personalities through retweets.

What we're watching: On Friday, Trump announced he would continue to "monitor the censorship of American citizens on social media platforms," 1 day after Facebook and Instagram banned some extremist personalities.

Details: Trump also retweeted a video from a conspiracy Twitter account on Saturday that shows an interview clip of a man saying "conquering America" is part of the Muslim faith.

  • Recent instances of online hate speech frequently involve Islamophobia.
  • The Trump administration is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, a move some experts say would put increased pressure on Muslims in the U.S. According to Ned Price, a former CIA officer and former National Security Council official: "The 'vast majority' of branches of the Muslim Brotherhood — which was founded in 1928 in Egypt and now operates in many countries — do not espouse violence," NBC News reports.

Go deeper: Trump retweets anti-Islam videos from far-right British politician

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Exclusive: GOP Leader McCarthy asks to meet with Biden about the border

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at CPAC. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has requested a meeting with President Biden to discuss the rising numbers of unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, in a letter sent on Friday.

Why it matters: Biden is facing criticism from the right and the left as agency actions and media reports reveal spiking numbers of migrant children overwhelming parts of the U.S. immigration system. Recent data shows an average of 321 kids being referred to migrant shelters each day, as Axios reported.

Vaccine hesitancy drops, but with partisan divide

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.

Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan, with 56% of Republicans who say they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine compared to 83% of Democrats.