Sadiq Khan, who was elected as London’s first Muslim mayor on Friday, just pointed out something that is absolutely unfathomable: If Trump wins the election and enacts his bigoted policies as promised on the campaign trail, the Mayor of London would be unable to visit the United States.
Khan noted this particular implication of a Trump presidency during an interview with Time over the weekend, shortly after his victory in London.
I want to go to America to meet with and engage with American mayors,” said Khan. If Donald Trump becomes the president, I’ll be stopped from going there by virtue of my faith, which means I can’t engage with American mayors and swap ideas.
Khan’s opponents painted him as a radical during his campaign, causing him to call them out for taking a page “straight out of the Donald Trump playbook.”
Conservative tacticians thought those sort of tactics would win London and they were wrong,” Khan said. “I’m confident that Donald Trump’s approach to politics won’t win in America.
Khan told Time that he would like to come to the United States for a visit “before January in case Donald Trump wins.”
Donald Trump called for all Muslims to be banned from entering the United States early on in his campaign, and has stood by those comments in recent days, even though his remarks have consistently drawn harsh criticism. He has said that the ban would only be temporary until we “figure out what’s going on.” (The chances of Trump figuring out anything about anything are slim to none if you ask me, but I digress.)
The presumptive Republican nominee has also called for the closing of mosques in the U.S. and has said that he wouldn’t be opposed to keeping a registry of Muslims and requiring some special form of ID. Gee, where have we seen that before?
Trump’s bigoted rhetoric isn’t just flat out disgusting, it is absolutely terrifying. Not only would his Hitleresque policies have the obvious ramifications of ushering in a whole new era of racism and fascism, it would also keep thousands of Muslims such as Khan out of our country. This would affect our political allies, such as the Mayor of London, as well as a myriad of others whose ability to visit the U.S. would be stripped away simply because of their faith. If only our Constitution had some nifty little rule about that.
UPDATE: After it was pointed out to Trump that Khan would not legally be allowed to enter the United States during his presidency, Trump said he would consider an exception for the mayor of London. Consider.
Khan responded by saying he wouldn’t go even if Trump “let” him so long as other Muslims couldn’t enter.
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