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London Mayor Wants to Banish Trump

Written by Joe Scudder

London mayor Sadiq Khan wants to disinvite the President to Britain for having wrong values.

Ironically, this is what it took for the London mayor to demonstrate some standards for who is permitted into his country.

I don’t blame Sadiq Khan for being angry at being misquoted (assuming that’s what happened). But his argument for Donald Trump’s exile from civilization is that he is against everything the Brits “stand for.” So, pointing out that importing thousands of Muslim immigrants from some known hellholes, without vetting them or expecting them to assimilate, has cost British lives, means that you are unworthy of being welcomed into the United Kingdom. But believing in jihadism and sharia law is fine. You can move to the U.K. permanently!

It seems our ambassador may even be siding with the mayor.

The Guardian reports, “Cancel Donald Trump state visit, says Sadiq Khan, after London attack tweets.

The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has called on the British government to cancel a planned state visit by Donald Trump after being criticised in two tweets by the US president.

Trump initially criticised Khan for his response to the London Bridge terrorist attack; though, in doing so, he misquoted London’s mayor. Khan’s office pointed out Trump’s error later but the president responded by accusing London’s mayor of making a “pathetic excuse”.

Appearing on Channel 4 News on Monday evening, Khan said Trump was wrong about “many things” and that his state visit should not go ahead.

“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,” he said.

“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. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”

Trump’s tirade also appeared to act as a rebuke to the acting US ambassador to Britain, Lewis Lukens, who had put out a thread of tweets, culminating in a retweet of Khan’s statement.

“I commend the strong leadership of the mayor of London as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack,” the acting ambassador said.

In more normal times, such a message of solidarity with a host mayor in an allied state would be unremarkable, but it unleashed a torrent of online abuse from Trump’s supporters, accusing Lukens of disloyalty. Some focused on the fact that the acting ambassador was offering support for a foreign official who is Muslim, rather than echoing the president. There were calls for Lukens to be replaced.

Read the rest of The Guardian report.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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