Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican primaries is rife with enough historical significance to keep writers busy for the next decade; at the very least, he’s the first presidential candidate to inspire a debate overseas as to whether or not he should be allowed entry into the United Kingdom. That was the topic of discussion in the British parliament on Monday, proving that the American Congress is not alone in wasting the taxpayers’ time and money on frivolities.
“I don’t think Donald Trump should be allowed within 1,000 miles of our shore,” said the Labour Party’s Jack Dromey.
The debate was triggered by a public petition that circulated after Trump proposed limiting Muslim immigration following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. The petition asked parliament to ban Trump from the UK based on charges of hate speech, and the nearly 600,000 signatures gave British political leaders the green light to rant about the real estate mogul for hours.
Over the course of the day, politicians from all parties took turns slamming Trump. Conservative Party MP Victoria Atkins said, “His policy to close borders if he is elected as president is bonkers.”
Gavin Robinson of the Democratic Unionist Party labeled Trump a “buffoon” who says “the most obscene or insensitive things to attract attention.”
The Labour Party’s Tulip Siddiq accused Trump of “inflaming tension between vulnerable communities.”
Despite all of this heated rhetoric, though, nearly everyone agreed that it would be ridiculous to actually ban Trump from the UK. “I’ve heard of a number of cases where people have been excluded for incitement, for hatred,” said Paul Scully of the Conservative Party. “I’ve never heard of one for stupidity, and I’m not sure that we should be starting now.”
If the debate proved anything, it’s that Trump’s presence is being felt not just in the Republican Party but across the globe. He doesn’t just threaten to tip over the Washington apple cart; he even has politicians across the pond nervously biting their fingernails. Why would that be? Is it because they genuinely think he is a racist? Is it because they really believe that he is a bad person? Or are they worried that with an outsider like Trump in charge, America will once again rise to become the unchallenged superpower that it once was?
Trump should be honored to have dominated the British parliament for a day, even under these circumstances. If suggesting common-sense immigration measures is all it takes to be labeled a “buffoon” in the Western political landscape, then something is horribly broken.