London’s Mayor Wants to Deny Trump a State Visit Due to His ‘Cruel’ Immigration Policies

by Ian Millhiser – Parliament is scheduled to debate whether Trump deserves state honors. On Monday, British parliamentarians will debate whether President Trump should not receive the honors accorded a foreign leader during a state visit, thanks to a petition calling for Trump’s visit later in the year to be downgraded. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is backing the petitioners. Trump’s immigration policies, Khan said, are “cruel.” The mayor cited Trump’s “ban on people from seven Muslim-majorities countries” as a particular outrage. Trump issued an executive order prohibiting many people from these seven nations from entering the United States. Though the White House claims this order is intended to protect national security, even some of Trump’s advisers have stated openly that it’s real purpose is to act as a kind of “Muslim ban.” The executive order currently is not in effect, thanks to multiple court decisions halting it in whole or in part....

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Very Classy Donald Trump Challenges London’s New Mayor To An IQ Test

by LAUREL RAYMOND – In a taste of what Trump-brand international diplomacy might look like, this morning presumptive GOP nominee for the presidency Donald Trump called the newly-elected mayor of London “ignorant” and challenged him to an IQ test. Piers Morgan ✔‎@piersmorgan ‘Tell him I will remember those statements…they’re rude and ignorant.’ Donald Trump hits back at new London Mayor Sadiq Khan. @GMB 1:26 AM – 16 May 2016 Sadiq Khan became London’s first Muslim mayor earlier this month, triumphing after a nasty campaign in which his opponents tried to use his faith to tie him to “radical” and “extremist” figures. Trump initially said he was “happy” at Khan’s victory — and that the mayor could be an exception to his proposed Muslim ban. In addition to Khan, Trump has previously said that his rich Muslim friends would also be exempted from the ban, and even that the ban was “just...

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Sadiq Khan and the End of Islamophobia

by JOHN FEFFER – The victory of Sadiq Khan has “normalized” Muslims in UK politics in much the same way that JFK normalized Catholics in American politics. But American Muslims are still waiting for their JFK moment Even his own sister was mortified. In the recent mayoral race in London, the Conservative Party’s Zac Goldsmith was in many ways the perfect candidate: a young, handsome fellow who possessed full-spectrum appeal. To win the election, Goldsmith could have focused on all the work he’d done on the environment, as a journalist and former editor of the magazine The Ecologist. To further woo liberals, he could have highlighted his considerable international experience and his support of the rights of indigenous peoples. Conversely, he could have cemented his popularity among conservative populists by emphasizing his skeptical attitude toward the European Union. If he’d played it safe, Goldsmith could have translated an early lead in...

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Trump Tries To Have It Both Ways On Muslim Ban, Now Says It’s ‘Just A Suggestion’

by AARON RUPAR – When Donald Trump first proposed banning non-citizens Muslims from the United States last December, he repeatedly said the ban was necessary. “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” he said. “We have no choice… we have no choice.”  But during a radio interview with Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday, Trump softened his tone considerably, saying the ban “hasn’t been called for yet” and is “just a suggestion.” Trump walked back the Muslim ban in response to a question about new London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim who characterized Trump’s view of Islam as “ignorant… it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of extremists.” Here’s what Trump said: Trump’s new line about the Muslim ban is one of three...

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Sadiq Khan First Muslim To Be Elected Mayor Of London

by JUSTIN SALHANI – Londoners elected the city’s first Muslim mayor in a historic victory Friday, against the backdrop of rising xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment throughout Europe. The Labour Party’s Sadiq Khan, 45, an MP and son of working class Pakistani immigrants, defeated the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith, who is the son of a billionaire. London’s 8.6 million overwhelmingly elected Khan, despite attacks that portrayed him as a “radical” and linked him to “extremist” figures. “Critics have suggested the core strategy of Mr Goldsmith’s campaign is to draw attention to Mr Khan’s faith,” the Independent reported last month. On Sunday, Goldsmith published an op-ed in the Mail with a picture of a bus destroyed in the 7/7 attacks, criticizing Khan and Labour by saying they are a party where “terrorists are its friends.” Current London Mayor Boris Johnson, who is a Conservative, tried to link Khan to former London mayor and...

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