Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cheers for the UK (and some mayors around the US)

“Donald Trump is an asshole.” — Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia

I APOLOGIZE. Several months ago I promised readers I wouldn't write about He Who Shall Not Be Named so as not to garner anymore attention for the evil pumpkin-head than he's already chumming up. But seriously! One can only bite one's tongue for so long. He's a fascist, for heaven's sake!!

And thus it warms my heart to learn of a petition in the UK to ban DT from entering the UK — and it already has at least 24,000 signatures. Below find an article about the drive from The Telegraph.

To further brighten my soul, mayors around the US are "banning" DT. They can't legally bar him, but they are doing so at least symbolically. Below the Daily Telegraph piece is a CNN article advertising mayoral good sense.

I'm going to have Paul draw a little
vertical mustache on him as befits his views.

Ban Donald Trump from UK online petition gets huge support

Petition led by community activist who opposed Republican candidate's Scottish golf course

By Robert Tait

December 9, 2015

Tens of thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for Donald Trump to be barred from the UK following the controversy over his anti-Muslim rhetoric

On Tuesday night more than 24,000 people had signed, which is more than double the number needed to force the Government to respond.

The demand - drawn up before the Republican's bitterly divisive call for Muslims to be denied entry to the United States - said Mr Trump should be excluded for spreading "hate speech".

The petition was drafted by Suzanne Kelly, a community activist who spearheaded opposition to the tycoon's development of a golf course in Aberdeeenshire in Scotland. The golf course went ahead despite protests that it was being built on environmentally-sensitive sand dunes.

"The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK," the petition reads. "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."

Petitions put before parliament merit the Government's response once they gather 10,000 signatures. If the number of signatories passes 100,000, it could become the subject of a House of Commons debate.

Ms Kelly's petition had obtained 24,314 signatures shortly after midnight GMT on Wednesday.

It was launched last month following a string of controversial comments made by the billionaire property magnet about Muslims, as well as about Mexican immigrants.

The rate of signatories adding their support appeared to accelerate significantly after Mr Trump's comments on Monday calling for an indefinite ban on Muslims being allowed to enter the US.

Ms Kelly has also led a petition protesting against the decision in 2010 by Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University to award Mr Trump an honourary degree.

Mayors look to 'ban' Trump from their cities

By Gregory Krieg

December 8, 2015

(CNN)Donald Trump's plan to temporarily halt the immigration of Muslims to the U.S. is being met with a mini-wave of mayoral backlash.

"If I had the power, the only banning that would be done is that I would ban [Trump] from Philadelphia," said that city's mayor, Democrat Michael Nutter, on Tuesday. "We don't have any room for that kind of stupidity here."

Hours earlier, another Pennsylvania mayor (and longshot Senate candidate), Braddock's outspoken John Fetterman, released a statement calling Trump a "jagoff," a western Pennsylvania slang expression that means stupid.

In a Monday night tweet, Rick Kriseman, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, cheekily declared he would ban the GOP front-runner from entering his city "until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps."

Kriseman's riposte landed Monday night a few hours after Trump's controversial call for "for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Trump added, "Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life."

By 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Kriseman's response had been retweeted nearly 7,500 times and received more applause than not.

"HA HA - is this sarcasm?" asked one person.

"Yeah," the mayor responded. "Answering ridiculousness w/ridiculousness."

"That's obviously not something I would try to do," Kriseman told the Tampa Bay Times later, again explaining he had no intention of formally barring Trump.

"But his statement was kind of ridiculous, so I thought that it deserved an equal response."


  1. Wow - I wonder if this will gain him popularity (as all his actions seem to)in a sort of martyr vote, or if it will actually open eyes and get people thinking? It certainly won't impact his campaigning since so much of that is done online and on tv. Sigh. This entire mess is making me ill. I did cheer a bit when an English friend sent the request to ban him from the UK. Thank goodness some folks have sense. I really think he needs to be charged with inciting violence - have you seen the numbers? Since he started, violence against Muslims has gone up.

    1. I agree that what's happening here is terrifying! Twenty years ago would we have even believed this to be possible? It would have been unthinkable. I don't recognize this country.