London Mayor Boris Johnson says Donald Trump is “out of his mind” as more than 200,000 Britons sign petition to block the Republican presidential candidate from entering the UK over his proposal to ban Muslims from entering America.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 9, 2015) (REUTERS) – More than 200,000 Britons have signed an online petition on Wednesday (December 9) to ban U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump from the country following his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Trump, who owns two golf courses in Scotland which he visited earlier this year, called for a complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” following last week’s deadly shooting spree in California by two Muslims.
Britain’s interior ministry has the power to ban people from entering the country if they have engaged in what the government determines to be unacceptable behaviour. In the past people have been banned for fostering hatred that might provoke inter-community violence.
By 1545gmt on Wednesday, the petition had attracted over 201,835 signatures, a number which was rising quickly.
The government responds to all petitions that gain more than 10,000 signatures, and the topic will be considered for a parliamentary debate if they reach 100,000.
British politicians generally avoid commenting on the political affairs of other countries but on Tuesday a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said Cameron thought Trump’s comments were “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong”.
London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson questioned Trump’s sanity.
“I think Donald Trump is clearly out of his mind if he thinks that is an acceptable and sensible way to proceed. You can’t ban people going to the United States in that way, or indeed to any country,” he said.
And he slammed Trump for claiming there were parts of London that were so radicalised the police were too scared to patrol there.
“I would invite him to come and see the whole of London and take him around the city, except I wouldn’t want to expose Londoners to any unnecessary risk of meeting Donald Trump,” said Johnson.
London’s Metropolitan Police took the rare stance of criticising Trump while London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
The police said: “We 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.”
In the Whitechapel area of east London, which is around 40 percent Muslim, there was incredulity at Trump’s comments.
“We need a politician who can unite the people, not divide the people. So I think it’s not very wise to say that….It’s not going to do any good actually,” said fishmonger Ahmed Abu Adam.
Fellow market trader, Javed Iqbal called Donald Trump a “tramp”.
“To me he is not a Donald Trump he is a tramp. The way he talks, yeah, I think it’s not worth talking about him. I think he needs to see the doctor. He is not well upstairs. I think he shouldn’t be allowed to comment on Britain,” he said.
Britain has an estimated 2.7 million Muslims among its 65 million population. Earlier this year, the government said fighting extremism was one of the defining battles of this century and announced a strategy primarily designed to counter the ideology promoted by Islamic State militants, al Qaeda and other radical Islamists.