UK Parliament debates banning 'crazy' Trump
The British Parliament on Monday debated a popular petition to ban Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump from entering the United Kingdom.
The members participating in the debate roundly condemned Trump and his comments about Muslims, Mexicans and women, with multiple members describing the business mogul’s rhetoric as “buffoonery.”
But the majority seemed to side against the petition, which has received over 575,000 signatures, arguing that Trump is not a serious threat to the U.K.
Paul Scully, a member of the Conservative Party, noted that people have been barred from the country for hate speech and inciting violence, “but not for stupidity.”
“May I just say that naturally it is no surprise that I oppose this ban. I think it just gives Donald Trump publicity,” said Edward Leigh, another Conservative.
“This man may conceivably become president of our most important ally,” Leigh added.
Leigh also noted that the two countries have very different political climates. He said that even though he’s been described as an “extreme right-winger” he would not be considered conservative in the United States.