When Trump first declared that he was contesting for the position of leader of the Free World, I thought “Haha, this will be great for comic relief! He’ll be just like those outer-fringe candidates who come along and declare ‘Free rubber duckies for everyone!’ if he wins or something equally stupid. Nobody will need to oppose him; even with his mouth, he will show himself up for the joker he is”
Clearly I underestimated the power of stupid people in large numbers – something the US certainly seems to have a lot of if the ratings are to be believed.
Luckily, there are more sensible people in the UK, and they are being very vocal about their disapproval of Trump’s message of hatred and divisiveness. This started with Boris Johnson – that most charmingly bonkers of mayors – when he put out a message distancing himself and London from Trump shenanigans:
Immediately after this, a petition was raised and signed by over 100,000 people entitled ‘Block Donald J Trump From UK Entry‘ stating:
The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK.
If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behaviour’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.
Certainly the Home Secretary has permission to refuse entry to anyone whose presence may be deemed neither safe nor conducive to the well-being of the nation, and some of the more famous names and groups to have been banned are Westboro Baptist Church, Islamist preachers and Ku Klux Klan officials, and two anti-Muslim bloggers.
Since Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate, and Trump is now at 193,000 and counting by the second, it may seem that the Allied Nations may have a little lovers’ tiff should Trump become the president of the United States in 2016.
As for me, I’m off to see about a petition…
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