Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan: I Don’t Want an Exception to Trump’s Muslim Ban

Sadiq Khan, September 2009 cropped
New London Mayor slams Donald Trump on his proposed Muslim ban.

In an interview given to The New York Times Monday, Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election, expressed his happiness to see Sadiq Khan getting elected as the first Muslim mayor of London. When asked how his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States would play out with Khan, Trump said there would always be exceptions. Trump further stated that if Khan does a good job, and led by example, that would really be a terrific thing.

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Sadiq Khan, not only refused Trump's “magnanimity” but also slammed him for his ignorant views of Islam. He said that it is not just about him, but about his family, his friends, and people all over the world who have a background similar to his. He cautioned that Trump's take on Islam could potentially jeopardize the safety of both the countries (U.K. and U.S.).

Alienating mainstream Muslims around the world could very well play into the hands of the extremists. People like Donald Trump and Zac Goldsmith (Khan's main opponent in the 2016 London Mayoral Election who had accused him of being a Muslim extremist) thinks that mainstream Islam is not compatible with Western liberal values. Khan said that London proved them wrong.

Sadiq Khan has plans to visit America to share his ideas with Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, and Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York. He quipped, in an interview given to Time Magazine, that now he would have to plan the visit before January, because if Trump wins the election and becomes the President of United States, then he would be stopped by virtue of his faith from going to the United States.

If Hillary Clinton wins the election, then Sadiq Khan would have no qualms visiting the United States, and he would definitely get a warmer reception as well. Ms. Clinton has been one of the first world leaders to congratulate Khan on his win.

The people of U.K. are not fond of Donald Trump either. Last December, a Muslim family from Britain was refused to board a London flight to Los Angeles. They were on their way to Disneyland for vacation. The family included young children. This triggered an uproar in Britain against the unspoken new American policy of barring British Muslims from visiting America.

Right now, there is a petition making the rounds in Britain calling for a ban on Donald Trump entering the country. So far it has generated over 570,000 signatures. This prompted a debate in the British Parliament regarding the subject, last Monday. No final vote was taken.

Wednesday, Trump backtracked in an interview with Fox News, claiming “It’s a temporary ban. It hasn’t been called for yet. Nobody’s done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.” His previous campaign promise months ago was for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”


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