KARMA: UK Speaker Bans Trump From Parliament
In a blistering statement before the House of Commons, Speaker John Bercow issued an order to block President Donald Trump from speaking before the U.K. Parliament in the historic Westminster Hall, citing that body’s opposition to racism and sexism and its support for equality and an independent judiciary, The Huffington Post reported Monday.
Bercow said he was “strongly opposed” to Trump addressing Parliament during an upcoming state visit to the U.K.
While British lawmakers value their country’s relationship with the United States, “I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons,” the lawmaker said.
“An address by a foreign leader to both houses of Parliament is not an automatic right. It is an earned honor,” Bercow said to applause from other members of Parliament.
Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit her country during a trip to the White House last week. But the invitation itself sparked protests in cities across the U.K. by those opposed to Trump and his immigration ban. A petition to withdraw the invitation, posted on the U.K. government’s official petitions site, has garnered more than 1.8 million signatures. At one point, it was receiving more than a thousand signatures per minute, Political Dig reported last week.
Six U.S. presidents have spoken before the full Parliament, beginning with President Harry Truman in 1947. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama followed.
Watch Bercow’s remarks in the video below:
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