Its always heartening to see such huge numbers of people stand up against bigotry. So imagine our joy to learn that over a million people in the UK – probably the same million who gasped in horror as Donald Trump tried to grab Theresa May’s hand – have signed a petition calling for the President’s state visit to Britain be axed.
The petition itself urges the government to halt the event, scheduled for the summer, lest it embarrass the Queen. One million signatures is far over the required 100,000 needed for the issue to be debated in Parliament.
Meanwhile, a number of MPs have spoken out in support of the request following Trump’s controversial immigration ban preventing Muslims from entering the US.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbin said: “Is it really right to endorse somebody who has used this awful misogynistic language throughout the election campaign, awful attacks on Muslims, and then of course this absurd idea of building a wall between themselves and their nearest neighbour?
“I think we should make it very clear we are extremely upset about it, and I think it would be totally wrong for him to be coming here while that situation is going on. I think he has to be challenged on this.”
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, echoed Corbin’s sentiment.
“State visits are designed for both the host, and the head of state who is being hosted, to celebrate and entrench the friendships and shared values between their respective countries,” she said.
“A state visit from the current president of the United States could not possibly occur in the best traditions of the enterprise while a cruel and divisive policy which discriminates against citizens of the host nation is in place.
“I hope President Trump immediately reconsiders his Muslim ban.”
However, a Downing Street source has told the BBC that cancelling the trip would be a “populist gesture” and “undo everything” the Prime Minister apparently achieved during her trip to the US last week.
Buckingham Palace has thus far declined to comment.
An emergency protest is set to take part against Trump entering the UK following the Muslim ban in London this evening (30 January 2017). Interested? The details are on Facebook here.