Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dear British Readers: Please Sign The Petition To Ban Donald Trump From The UK

Suzanne Kelly is organizing a petition to ban Donald Trump from entry to the UK for hate speech. You can find it here. It currently has more than 400,000 signatures, which means the British government must respond to it and Parliament has to consider it for debate. More signatures will make the story bigger, which will be a bigger embarrassment to Trump.

I am a friend of your country, but I say this as a patriotic American: Please sign this petition if you are eligible (a British citizen or resident of the UK).

Donald Trump is not qualified to be president and must be defeated and discredited. He is a bigot and a racist, and he is a danger to my democracy and to well-intentioned people throughout the world. I'm not exaggerating. The man is organizing and empowering the very ugliest people in my society. A clear signal from one of our closest allies that a President Trump would be an unacceptable partner for so many of the efforts we work on together might cause some people in the States to reconsider their vote.

Yes, Trump's followers are largely idiots, and yes, they will mostly ignore this and every other objection to the man. But elections can come down to small margins. A percentage here and there between now and next November could be crucial.

Thank you.

5 comments:

  1. Don't worry, we know all about Trump and the petition is doing very well... (although most people I know are signing it with a certain irony - ban someone for saying people should be banned - and want to make a point rather than actually ban him) He made a few comments since about it/the UK that were insulting and ridiculous. Oh Trump (it means 'fart' in the UK)... don't take on a country famous for sarcasm and dry wit - especially if you are Donald Trump.

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    1. It will be entertaining to see how people in the UK handle him as he continues with this.

      And yes, I am indeed adding my voice to a very large chorus. Maybe it's partly because he may get elected, and I want to be on the record with this.

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  2. It's funny, and well-deserved, but I still can't figure out if it's actually something that can seriously be expected to pass. Is there even the slightest chance that the US's closest ally would ban a possible future US head of state? It seems like the kind of thing that doesn't happen in the real world.

    Not that that's any reason not to sign it, of course. The worst thing that can happen is nothing. And if it does pass, I'll gloat along with the best of'em.

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    1. Exactly. Everything you wrote.

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    2. It is extremely unlikely to pass, which is in fact a good thing; appalling as he is I'd rather have him come over here and spout his rubbish than the various bans and censorship the UK government keeps trying to put into action.

      Of course this implies another question: would a ban on muslims entering the US include muslim heads of states such as the King of Saudi Arabia or President of Indonesia? And if they're covered by diplomatic rules, how about, for example, Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting here in the UK. Or perhaps some of the management of Trump towers in Istanbul.

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