The new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said that he wants to travel to the United States to share ideas with other contemporary mayors of the country, but he worries he won’t be able to do so in the event that the Republican frontrunner Donald Trump gets elected to the White House.
Khan is the first Muslim mayor of the city after winning the election by a margin of 13.6 percent — the widest margin in mayoral elections in 16 years.
Khan fears that he won’t be allowed in the United States simply because of his faith if outspoken presumptive Republican presidential nominee Trump ends up taking over the White House.
Donald Trump remains adamant in his policies that granting access to Muslims in the country is not a good idea for United States.
“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.”, Trump said about Muslims.
Sadiq Khan who is now the most powerful Muslim politician in Europe is hoping that Trump fails to win the general election, pointing to his own victory as a Labor candidate against Conservative opponent Zac Goldsmith, according to IBTimes.
Sadiq Khan was up against a conservative opponent in Zac Goldsmith, whom he had accused of using the “Trump playbook,” employing “fear and innuendo to try to turn different ethnic and religious groups against each other.”
Conservative “tacticians thought those sort of tactics would win London and they were wrong,” Khan told Time. “I’m confident that Donald Trump’s approach to politics won’t win in America.
“Hope, I think, is a good way of persuading people to vote for you, energize and enthuse people. To try and look for differences, to try and turn communities against each other is not conducive to living successfully and amicably,” he added.
Khan continuously rebuffed the attacks made by Goldsmith during the campaign. Goldsmith went as far as to link Khan to extremists in his work as a human rights attorney. In fact, Khan stated that he will do everything from his position to help “defeat radicalization and extremism”.
“What I think the election showed was that actually there is no clash of civilization between Islam and the West,” he explained.
“I am the West, I am a Londoner, I’m British, I’m of Islamic faith, Asian origin, Pakistan heritage, so whether it’s the Islamic State or these others who want to destroy our way of life and talk about the West, they’re talking about me. What better antidote to the hatred they spew than someone like me being in this position?”, he asked
In December of last year, Trump was reported to opt for a total and complete shut down on Muslims entering the United States.
“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,” Trump said in the statement.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said that Trump’s proposed ban would apply to “everybody,” including Muslims seeking immigration visas as well as tourists seeking to enter the country.
As soon as the announcement was made from Trump campaign, British opposition members of Parliament called for Trump to be banned from entering the UK because of his hate speech. Prime Minister David Cameron, however, rejected the demand.
The London mayor has admitted that he has plans to visit United States before the general election “in case Donald Trump wins.”
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