Donald Trump has attracted worldwide condemnation after a call to ban all Muslims from entering the US, resulting in a petition calling for him to be banned from entering the UK under anti-extremism laws garnering over 100,000 signatures.
The US Republican Presidential hopeful has faced sharp criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, as well as many international figures, including David Cameron, after calling for “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” at a campaign rally in South Carolina on Tuesday. In the same speech, Mr. Trump stated that parts of London had become so radicalised that “police feared for their lives” and would not enter them, sparking the following, spectacular put-down from London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Don’t often agree with Boris Johnson. But.. Trump. Wtf are you talking about? You’re a complete lunatic imbecile. pic.twitter.com/aMIc42MQ8V
— LGBT Banksy Fan (@BankmentBoy) December 9, 2015
The Billionaire property tycoon and star of the US version of TV show The Apprentice has consistently surprised pundits by remaining the frontrunner for the conservative Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, despite concerns about his divisive rhetoric pushing the party to the fringes of the far-right. This latest controversy seems a step too far for many, however, with multiple US news agencies now openly comparing his rhetoric and tactics to fascism, and several US mayors requesting that he not visit their cities.
At around midday, the petition, submitted to the UK parliament website reached 100,000 signatures, the threshold for it to be considered for debate in parliament. Whilst it is unlikely that any debate would actually result in Mr. Trump being prevented from entering the UK, this international backlash may just be enough to make some Americans think twice before supporting his candidacy.
You can view the petition here, or tell us what you think in the comments below.