British PM Cameron says Trump’s claims that parts of London are so radicalized that police cannot enter is ‘divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong’
LONDON – American presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial call for a ban on entry of Muslims into the U.S. and claims that “parts of London are so radicalized that police cannot enter” are being strongly criticized in the U.K.
British Prime Minister David Cameron late Tuesday qualified Trump’s remarks about London as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong,” according to a statement from his office.
A spokeswoman for Cameron’s Office said that the British prime minister “completely disagrees” with the U.S. Republican presidential hopeful and thinks “his views are wrong”.
Trump’s remarks came during a TV appearance Monday straight after his earlier comments that Muslims should not be allowed in the U.S., which angered Muslims in America and throughout the world.
A parliament petition to introduce a ban on Trump’s entry to the U.K. has already been signed by more than 50,000 people as of Wednesday morning.
“The U.K. has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the U.K.,” the petition said.
The petition also said Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims’ travelling to the U.S. is unacceptable and the U.K. must act upon this criteria: “If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behavior’ 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”.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Council of Britain said in a statement Tuesday: “It is sad to see Mr. Trump becoming a vocal purveyor of anti-Muslim hatred, and, as such, we expect the same rules to apply to him if he tries to enter into the U.K.”
The statement added: “We reject his ignorant remarks suggesting that London has no-go areas where even the police are afraid to enter. Should he be allowed to enter the U.K., and if he is able to name such areas, we would be happy to organize a multi-faith delegation to accompany Mr. Trump and tour these areas and pay for his lunch”.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said Tuesday that Trump’s comments were “complete and utter nonsense”.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition party, also said Tuesday that Trump’s remarks were “affront to common humanity” and called for people to “unite against racism”, after the real estate mogul went public with his call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
Metropolitan police also made a statement Tuesday to clarify its position on Trump’s remarks about alleged radicalized parts of London and said they “would not normally dignify such comments with a response; however, on this occasion we think it’s important to state to Londoners that Mr. Trump could not be more wrong”.
Hundreds of noted intellectuals, academics, and human rights and anti-racism activists from around the world also joined countless of internet campaigns in condemning Trump.
British author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, took issues with Trump being compared with the popular villain of her books, Lord Voldermort. “How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad,” Rowling tweeted Tuesday.
World famous American horror writer, Stephen King, also tweeted: ““I can no longer tweet about Trump. That anyone in America would even CONSIDER voting for this rabid coyote leaves me speechless”.