‘We Don’t Want You Here!’ – Calls For Banning Trump From The UK Reach Fever Pitch
Donald Trump is wildly unpopular in the UK. In fact, he’s so unpopular that he may not visit the country as president over fears of massive protests.
According to a Guardian report published Sunday, Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May in a phone call that he would delay his state visit until he had more popular support. But Brits don’t see that ever happening.
Trump continues to face backlash over comments he made about London Mayor Sadiq Khan. It’s no wonder that Trump is wary of visiting the UK — he’s incredibly unpopular there, and his visit would likely spark large protests.
In fact, over 1.8 million people have signed an online petition calling for banning Trump’s state visit the UK. The British government ended up formally rejecting the petition, but they got the message. In fact, a date for the visit was never officially set.
Indeed, Trump’s toxic personality and closeness with Prime Minister May —they were photographed holding hands when she visited the White House in January— might have even played a role in May’s astonishing loss of her party’s parliamentary majority in last week’s election.
Trump’s recent unpopularity stems from his sharp criticism of Khan on Twitter following the terrorist attacks there earlier this month that killed eight people. In a TV appearance the morning after the attack, the city’s popular mayor said, “Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.”
Trump misinterpreted Khan’s words as him downplaying the terrorist attack, so he mocked Khan on Twitter:
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”, Trump wrote.
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
While Khan responded by saying he has “more important things to do than responding to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks.”
As reported by Vox, Khan now joins the 1.8 million people who want to cancel Trump’s visit. Just two days after Trump tweeted, the mayor appeared on TV and suggested that the state visit should be canceled.
“I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for. When you have a special relationship, it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity, but you call them out when they are wrong. And there are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”
May’s opponent, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who unexpectedly won big in the last election, also tweeted support for canceling Trump’s state visit on Sunday.
Cancellation of President Trump's State Visit is welcome, especially after his attack on London's mayor & withdrawal from #ParisClimateDeal.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 11, 2017
While a state visit might not happen this year, there’s no guarantee that Trump will ever be popular enough in the UK to avoid protests.