London’s Muslim mayor says “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe.”
Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor and the first actively affiliated member of the Islamic faith to become mayor of any major Western capital, issued a stern response Monday to Donald Trump’s suggestion that he could be an exception to the GOP front-runner’s proposed policy to ban all Muslims from the United States.
“This isn’t just about me,” Khan told Buzzfeed, “It’s about my friends, my family, and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world.”
The comments from the newly elected mayor of London come after Trump again waffled on the specifics of his hawkish proposal, telling the New York Times “there will always be exceptions” when asked about how Khan would potentially be affected by the proposed ban.
Trump added that he was “happy” that had been elected, saying “I think if he does a great job, it will really – you lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.”
For his part, Khan wasn’t buying the rhetoric, saying “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe. He [Trump] and those around him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam – London has proved him wrong.”
The statements from Khan expose the full effects of Trump’s xenophobic policy, and the hypocrisy of failing to adequately appreciate the millions of Muslims presently/peacefully coexisting in western societies.
When the Republican businessman announced his “complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S.” following attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, he simplistically assumed an “us vs them” divide would appeal to the primitive fears and atavistic inclination to isolate America from the world in times of global distress. And while these beliefs have regrettably garnered considerable support among Republicans, they nonetheless overlook the reality that Muslims, like Christians, Jews, and Hindus, are embedded in all layers of western society and calling for a “complete shutdown” until such time as our leaders “can figure out what’s going on,” is dangerously irresponsible and overtly alienates public figures worldwide.
“I want to go to America to meet with and engage with American mayors,” said Khan in a Time Magazine interview Friday, “If Donald Trump becomes president I’ll be stopped from going there by virtue of my faith.”
A social democrat, Khan accused the Conservative factions within London’s electorate of running a mayoral campaign that was “straight out of Donald Trump’s handbook.”