God Save The Bigot: UK Parliament to Debate Ban on Trump
Even though our country is still horrified and enthralled by the one-man destruction of political legitimacy, at least one other nation may soon put an end to Donald Trump’s unchecked racism. A petition that began last month in the UK by a British woman named Suzanne Kelly, in response to the part-time hairpiece model’s incendiary proposal to block all Muslims from entering the United States, has exploded in popularity. His remarks were disgusting, and finally prompted some Republicans to denounce him and distance themselves from his platform—even if poll numbers still show him ahead by wide margins against other GOP candidates.
Since the petition surfaced on December 7th, over 570 thousand people have united together in common hatred for Trump’s racist fear mongering. The day after the petition dropped, eight out of the ten main papers in the UK featured front-page stories on Trump’s potential ban. By law, the United Kingdom is required to respond to any petition with over 10K signatures, and must then debate in Parliament any petition to gain over 100K signatures. Within 22 hours of being posted, the proposal had already passed the 100K barrier, which forced the government to plan a public debate for January 18th.
“If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behaviour’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders,” the petition reads. “It must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.”
This wouldn’t be the first time the UK has banned someone from entering the country based on unacceptable behaviour — Tyler the Creator was famously banned from entering the country last August, because of the questionable content in his lyrics from his 2009 and 2011 albums.
As much as we’d love to watch Donald Trump react to getting banned from a country for his hate speech, it’s best not to get your hopes up. No vote is planned for after the debate, and the government has already released an official statement. They said that while they find his comments “unhelpful, divisive and quite simply wrong,” they don’t view a ban as the best option. No surprise given, that Trump has major business interests in the UK and has already threatened to pull £700 million in investments from Scotland. No matter what happens in the debate, it makes us a little bit warmer inside knowing that somewhere in this world, a country despises Trump as much as we do.
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