He will ban all Muslims traveling to the U.S., Trump tells the world. But when London elected its first Muslim mayor, that created a problem, because mayors across the globe come to this country to share ideas and concerns. So Trump changed his mind…sort of.
Trump decided that he would have to make one exception, and that exception is newly elected and first Muslim mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, according to the BBC. But Khan has rejected Trump’s invitation to be the “exception” to Trump’s Muslim ban, should the real estate mogul become president.
Khan didn’t stop there. He warned the U.S. that Trump’s “ignorant” Islamic views “could make both our countries less safe.”
Trump was seemingly “happy” Khan has become the new London mayor:
‘If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.’
Khan supports Hillary Clinton for the Democratic bid and for the presidential win, according to the BBC:
‘I hope she trounces him.’
The new mayor is the son of Pakistani immigrants and even during his election campaign, he was concerned that he would be barred from this country, strictly based upon his faith, should Trump be elected.
After the terrible San Bernardino, California attack last year, Trump called for the U.S. to temporarily block all Muslims from entering the country.
His “proof” was that so many Muslims nurse a “hatred” toward the country and he wanted to put a ban in place:
‘…until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.’
The New York Times asked Trump how his proposed ban would apply to Khan, and Trump said:
‘There will always be exceptions.’
Khan did not appreciate Trump’s response, noting the obvious bias:
‘This isn’t just about me – it’s about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world.’
‘Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe – it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists.’
‘Donald Trump and those around him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam – London has proved him wrong.’
Khan took office officially on Saturday, after Thursday’s election. He defeated his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith with 1,310,143 votes to 994,614. That was a substantial gain over other mayors that preceded him, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone. By all appearances, this gives him a “larger personal mandate.”
The London mayor accused the Conservatives of using Trump tactics. He said their strategy was:
‘…straight out of the Donald Trump playbook. They used fear and innuendo to try to turn different ethnic and religious groups against each other.’
London’s senior Conservatives, including Chancellor George Osborne and Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, said that the Tory campaign was just part of the “rough and tumble” of an election.
At first blush, Trump’s tactics seem well beyond outrageous. However, it appears that London is used to the same sort of race.
Kahn plans to come to the U.S. before our presidential inaugeration, according to the New York Times:
‘If Donald Trump becomes the president I’ll be stopped from going there by virtue of my faith, which means I can’t engage with American mayors and swap ideas.’
Check out new London mayor Sadiq Kahn commenting on Trump in the video below:
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