President Donald J. Trump took a swipe at London Mayor Sadiq Khan Monday morning ahead of a visit to the U.K., after Khan spoke out against him Sunday.
“[Sadiq Kahn] who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me……” Trump said on Twitter.
He continued, comparing Khan to New York City Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio.
“….Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!” he said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019
Sunday, Khan wrote an opinion piece in The Guardian comparing Trump to 20th Century dictators, and Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un. Khan made it clear that he believes Trump is a racist, and a “fascist,” and said that it is “un-British to roll out the red carpet” for Trump.
Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat. The far right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and the values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies for more than seventy years. Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage here in the UK are using the same divisive tropes of the fascists of the 20th century to garner support, but are using new sinister methods to deliver their message. And they are gaining ground and winning power and influence in places that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
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