9 Dec 2015

Thousands Sign 'Ban Trump From UK' Petition. "The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech"

A petition calling for presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be banned from entering the UK has gathered more than 150,000 signatures and could be debated in the Commons.
It follows the Republican frontrunner's call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on".
Mr Trump's comments were designed to capitalise on a shooting by a radicalised couple in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people.
But they have drawn condemnation both at home and abroad.
More than 100,000 sign petition to ban Donald Trump from the UK
In the UK, some people have signed a petition calling on MPs to impose a bar on Mr Trumpwith the number of signatures hitting 150,000 just after 1.45pm.
"The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech", the petition reads. "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."
Once a petition reaches 100,000 signatures it is expected to be debated in the Commons, unless deemed unsuitable by the Commons petitions committee or unless the issue is being pursued "in another way".
Downing Street said any question of a ban on Mr Trump coming to Britain was "hypothetical" as it was not aware of any plans for him to visit.
"I think we would probably see Mr Trump's focus as being on the American presidential election," said a Number 10 spokesman.
"I understand he has a primary to fight in six weeks and I'm sure that is what his focus will be on."
Across the Atlantic, the White House launched a rare attack on a presidential candidate as spokesman Josh Earnest called the proposal unconstitutional.
"What Donald Trump said disqualifies him from serving as president," said Mr Earnest, describing the remarks as "offensive" and "toxic".
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton said the billionaire's comments aided terrorists.  
"It's a shameful idea. It's also dangerous," she said.
"At a time when America should be doing everything we can to fight radical jihadists, Mr Trump is supplying them with new propaganda."
But Mr Trump has also earned the wrath of the United Nations
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the comments were "grossly irresponsible".
David Cameron called Mr Trump's proposal "divisive and unhelpful", while senior politicians in France and Canada have spoken out too.
Muslim leaders in the US have also criticised the 69 year old.


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