A petition to block Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the U.K. has reached over quarter of a million signatures on UK’s Government and Parliament website in just over a day.
The billionaire businessman and apprentice politician has angered many people around the globe with his “hate speech” after he called for Muslims to be denied entry to the United States. The petition is gaining momentum so fast that all the following figures are now redundant!
The government is obliged to consider the petition if it receives over 100,000 signatures, and schedule a debate in Parliament. The signatories believe Donald J Trump should be banned from UK entry. This morning, the online petition had received in excess of 100,000 signatures. At the time of this article the signatories were numbered around 235,000.
The petition reads: 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.
Daily Caller reports:
The petition, which has reached 163,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning, was created after Trump’s proposition to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. The petition claims Trump should be excluded for “hate speech.”
The petition has support from several members of parliament, including home affairs spokesman Jack Dromey and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston said the parliament will now have a “serious discussion” about moving forward with the ban.
The question for the MPs is whether or not Trump’s behavior falls under the shield of “unacceptable behaviors or extremism exclusion policy,” which could make him inadmissible to the country.
The Petition Was Created By Suzanne Kelly From Aberdeen, Scotland says WISN:
That petition, which attracted more than 38,000 signatures, argues that Trump’s “unrepentant, persistent verbal attacks on various groups of people based on nationality, religion, race and physical abilities are a huge detriment” to the university.
Kelly wrote on the Aberdeen Voice website that her latest petition, to ban Trump from the UK, would allow British residents “who want to stand up against hate speech … the opportunity to do so.”
“We are looking at a US Presidential candidate who wants to institute policies which to me are fascism,” she wrote. “People have been barred from the United Kingdom for less.”
Trump’s remarks prompted outrage at home and internationally. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the comments effectively “disqualifies him from serving as president.”
His followup remarks a day later — that parts of London were so radicalized that British police feared for their lives — particularly rankled in the UK.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who doesn’t usually comment on U.S. presidential candidates, said through a spokesman that Trump’s comments were “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.”
London’s Metropolitan Police issued a statement inviting the Republican candidate to a briefing “on the reality of policing London,” while the remarks also drew a sharp response from London Mayor Boris Johnson.
“Donald Trump’s ill-informed comments are complete and utter nonsense,” Johnson said. “The only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
Petition update: Nearly 252,000 signatures (an extra 15,000 signatures in a few minutes). Petition website temporarily unavailable due to traffic. The Petition Map shows strong support from across the United Kingdom.
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