London mayor compares Trump to fascist dictators – The Times of Israel

London mayor compares Trump to fascist dictators - The Times of Israel
Donald Trump is like a 20th-century fascist, says Sadiq Khan
Writing in the Observer, Khan condemned the red-carpet treatment being afforded to Trump who, with his wife Melania, will be a guest of the Queen during his three-day stay, which is expected to provoke massive protests in the capital on Tuesday.

Khan said: President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat. The far right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than 70 years.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan Says Trump Like A “20th-Century Fascist”

Read more Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage here in the UK are using the same divisive tropes of the fascists of the 20th century to garner support, but with new sinister methods to deliver their message. And they are gaining ground and winning power and influence in places that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

Show Hide After arriving in the UK on Air Force One on Monday 3 June, US president Donald Trump will be formally welcomed in a ceremony in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. It will be attended by the Queen and Prince Charles. The president will then attend a private lunch at the palace, which is expected to be attended by Prince Harry, but not his wife, who Trump recently described as nasty.

Following a wreath-laying ceremony in Westminster Abbey, Donald Trump will join Prince Charles for an afternoon tea at Clarence House. The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Harry will then host a state banquet in the evening, which will be attended by prominent US citizens who live in the UK, as well as political and civic leaders.

Trump failed to mention the London mayor in an interview with The Sun last week, ahead of his State visit, where he described Meghan Markle as nasty.

On Tuesday 4 June the visit includes a breakfast meeting with Prince Andrew, and then talks and a press conference with prime minister Theresa May at Downing Street. On the Tuesday evening Trump hosts a dinner at the residence of the US ambassador.

It is the latest instalment in a long-running feud between the multimillionaire and Tooting-born Labour Mayor that dates back to 2016.

On Wednesday 5 June Trump will take part in commemoration services in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The day ends with the Queen formally bidding farewell to the US president. 

Writing in the Observer, Khan said: President Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat.

Trumps entourage will also include two identical seven-seat black armoured limousines nicknamed The Beast, and a number of presidential helicopters. The president has at his side at all times one of five rotating military aides who carry the nuclear football which can trigger a missile strike – equipped with communication tools and a book with prepared war plans.  

Khan cited Trump's remarks following the August 2017 attack in Charlottesville, Va., his administration's family separation immigration policy, as well as his recent backing of former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson for prime minister "because he believes it would enable him to gain an ally in Number 10 for his divisive agenda."

Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/X90178 Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Khan, who has had a feud with Trump since becoming mayor in 2016, adds: This is a man who also tried to exploit Londoners fears following a horrific terrorist attack on our city, amplified the tweets of a British far-right racist group, denounced as fake news the robust scientific evidence warning of the dangers of climate change, and is now trying to interfere shamelessly in the Conservative party leadership race by backing Boris Johnson because he believes it would enable him to gain an ally in Number 10 for his divisive agenda.

On Saturday Trump defied diplomatic convention which dictates that leaders do not weigh in to the domestic politics of other nations, particularly ahead of visits, by backing Johnson to succeed Theresa May in an interview with the Sun. He also used the interview to describe the Duchess of Sussex, as nasty.

Trump and Khan have had a contentious relationship for years.  After attackers killed eight people near the London Bridge in 2017, Trump criticized Khan's handling of the incident, and Khan's office called Trump "ill-informed."

In another interview in the Sunday Times he said he would want to know Jeremy Corbyn before sharing American intelligence and suggested Nigel Farage negotiate with Brussels if the EU failed to give Britain what it wants.

"Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat," Khan wrote in the article, which was published online with the headline "It's un-British to roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump."

Mel Stride, the newly appointed Commons leader, made clear his surprise at Trumps comments, saying that while the president was entitled to his opinion, he would not be picking the next British prime minister.

Khan wrote that Trump was part of the global rise of the "far right" that threatened "our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than seventy years."

Corbyn said: President Trumps attempt to decide who will be Britains next prime minister is an entirely unacceptable interference in our countrys democracy. The next prime minister should be chosen not by the US president, nor by 100,000 unrepresentative Conservative party members, but by the British people in a general election.

Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: It shouldnt come as a surprise that Donald Trump backs Boris, theyre cut from the same cloth. Boris Johnson is what youd get if you sent Donald Trump to Eton.

The president's three-day visit to the United Kingdom this week marks his first official state visit to the country, though he did travel to the country last year for a working visit in which he met Queen Elizabeth II.

Theyre both unqualified to lead, both revel in offending people and both represent the strain of nationalism and populism that we need a liberal movement to stand up to.

In May 2016 Trump challenged Khan to an IQ test, after the mayor said the presidents views on Islam were ignorant. Then, following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough market in 2017, the president accused Khan of pathetic behaviour. In July last year Trump said Khan had done a very bad job on terrorism.

President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat. The far right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than 70 years, Mr Khan wrote.

Organisers of the protests on Tuesday say they will register their anger both against Trump and his wider views, including those on Brexit, which the US president has made clear he supports. Alena Ivanova, a campaign organiser for Another Europe is Possible, said: Tuesdays protests arent just about Trump, theyre about Trumpism – a politics of racism and bigotry. Trump is part of a global nationalist surge, and Brexit and its cheerleaders are the British franchise of it. Like Trump, Brexit is a threat to our basic rights and freedoms, and promises a future of division, despair and rightwing economics.

In an article published by the Observer on Sunday, Mr Khan compared Mr Trumps language to that of the fascists of the 20th century and hit out at the president being given the red-carpet treatment during his three-day trip.

Trump is like a 20th-century fascist: London Mayor Sadiq Khan

At least 250,000 people are expected to turn out in central London at 11am, on a route between Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, when Trump meets Theresa May in Downing Street.

Organisers of the rally claim that US officials have pressured the Metropolitan police to impose an unprecedented exclusion zone around Trumps route to keep him at a distance from the public.

Earlier this month, Mr Khan said Mr Trump should not have been invited for a state visit because he was not in the same class as his predecessors Barack Obama and George W Bush.

Video: Sadiq Khan: We shouldnt be rolling out the red carpet

One plan is for a cage or pen to hold demonstrators on Whitehall about 70 metres from Downing Street to keep them out of earshot during Trumps meeting with May.

The two politicians have clashed publicly since 2016, when Mr Khan, a Muslim, called Mr Trump a buffoon for calling for a shutdown on Muslims entering the US.

They get to choose who goes in and who goes out , which is a totally ridiculous proposition on our right to protest, said Asad Rehman of the Stop Trump Coalition.

There are expected to be bigger protests in London than the last time Mr Trump came to the UK — a working visit in July last year, when he avoided the British capital.

The giant Trump baby blimp is expected to be deployed in Trafalgar Square, but only if the fundraising page for charities against the politics of hate and division reaches £30,000, organisers say.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has compared the language used by Donald Trump to rally his supporters to that of “the fascists of the 20th century” in an explosive intervention ahead of the US Presidents state visit to the UK that begins on Monday.

Writing in the Guardians Observer supplement on Sunday, Mr Khan condemned the red-carpet treatment being afforded to Trump who, with his wife and First lady Melania, will be a guest of Queen Elizabeth during their three-day stay.

“President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat. The far right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than 70 years,” Mr Khan wrote.

“Viktor Orban in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage here in the UK are using the same divisive tropes of the fascists of the 20th century to garner support, but with new sinister methods to deliver their message. And they are gaining ground and winning power and influence in places that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.”

Mr Khan, who has had a feud with Trump since becoming Mayor in 2016, added: “This is a man who also tried to exploit Londoners fears following a horrific terrorist attack on our city, amplified the tweets of a British far-right racist group, denounced as fake news the robust scientific evidence warning of the dangers of climate change, and is now trying to interfere shamelessly in the Conservative party leadership race by backing Boris Johnson because he believes it would enable him to gain an ally in Number 10 for his divisive agenda.”

He wont be there forever Sadiq Khan calls for Donald Trump state visit to be cancelled

In May 2016, Trump challenged Mr Khan to an IQ test, after the Mayor said the Presidents views on Islam were “ignorant”. 

Then, following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough market in 2017, the President accused Mr Khan of “pathetic” behaviour. 

Video: London Mayor compares US President Trump to 20th-century fascists

Mr Khans comment comes a day after Trump on Saturday backed former Foreign Secretary Johnson to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May in an interview with the Sun newspaper, the Guardian reported. 

In the interview, Trump also described Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, as “nasty” for calling him a “misogynist” in 2016.

In another interview in the Sunday Times he said he would want “to know” Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn before sharing American intelligence and suggested Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage negotiate with Brussels if the European Union (EU) failed to give Britain what it wants.

Meanwhile, at least 250,000 people are expected to protest in central London on Tuesday morning, on a route between Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, when Trump meets May in Downing Street.