Boris Johnson, David Cameron and JK Rowling are among those offended with Trump’s remarks on an American day-time television show, there is discussion amongst MP’s of having the Islamophobic American politician banned from the UK.
Words: Megan Townsend, Subeditor: Daisy Greenaway
Donald Trump is claiming that there are areas in London “so radicalised” that the police are “scared for their own lives”
Trump spoke to MSNBC after his controversial remarks last night at a support rally, in which he called for all Muslim immigration to be banned in the United States. He commented on radicalisation in Europe saying: “We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives. We have to be very smart and very vigilant”.
David Cameron was one of the first to address his remarks calling them “divisive, unhelpful and simply wrong”.
Our very own mayor Boris Johnson also weighed in, hitting back by saying “The only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump”, describing the prospective Republican presidential candidates comments as “complete and utter nonsense”
“As a city where more than 300 languages are spoken, London has a proud history of tolerance and diversity and to suggest there are areas where police officers cannot go because of radicalisation is simply ridiculous”
“I would welcome the opportunity to show Mr Trump first hand some of the excellent work our police officers do every day in local neighbourhoods throughout our city.”
Harry Potter writer JK Rowling was another who was offended by Trumps comments, comparing him to he-who-shall-not-be-named.
How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. https://t.co/hFO0XmOpPH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 8, 2015
Trump has repeatedly targeted muslim communities in his speeches since the Paris Attacks advocating muslim surveillance, suggesting mosques should be closed and even calling for a national muslim registry. A number of high profile MPs and think-tanks have been urging Home Secretary Theresa May to consider banning Trump from the UK, on the grounds of hate speech.
Sarah Wollaston, a Tory MP for Totnes, said there should be “serious questions asked” about Trump’s “very offensive comment” to reporters earlier today. Adding on Twitter:
Do we get to ban Donald Trump?
— Sarah Wollaston MP (@sarahwollaston) December 7, 2015
Labour shadow Home Office Minister Jack Dromey added “I do not believe a man who stirs up religious and racial hatred at a time when our country is under threat of terrorist attack should be allowed within a 1,000 miles of our shores”
Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett also took to twitter to confirm she would sign a petition calling for Trump to be banned from the UK.
Sadiq Khan, a muslim and London mayoral candidate, also added his two cents: “As a potential future Mayor of London I want to be able to visit and talk to other mayors in America and learn from what they’re doing.
“If Trump has his way, I’d be stopped at US customs and turned back – alongside other Muslims wanting to go for holidays, work or family visits”.