As the people of the United States continue to deal with the daily distractions from Trump’s tweets and the guilty plea entered on Friday by General Michael Flynn, the British government (especially the British Parliament) has still not recovered from Trump’s retweeting the racist, right-wing organization Britain First.
Not only that, but when Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement saying it was “wrong” of Trump to have retweeted that organization, he issued a condemnation of the leader of our closest ally. After first using the wrong twitter account for some poor unsuspecting woman who happened to share the same name.
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
Yes, after the shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, just to mention a few, we are doing just super.
But back to Parliament. It takes quite a bit to upset the British. Stiff upper lip and all that. But is a recent session of the House of Commons, members of Parliament were not only calling for his State visit to be cancelled, but for Trump’s arrest on the grounds of “inciting hate crimes” should he step foot on British soil.
Here is an example of what some members had to say about Donald Trump:
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) December 1, 2017
Pardon the language in the tweet. But this type of talk about a sitting United States President has to be unprecedented for our closest ally. Trump’s tweet has already caused the cancellation of his so-called “working visit” to London. He was supposed to participate in the opening of the new United States Embassy there in January, but there was not going to be any official fanfare surrounding his trip. Basically, it was meant to “test the waters” to see how Britons would react to seeing Trump in their country.
As early as January 20th of 2017 over 1,200,000 subjects of Her Majesty’s government had signed a petition demanding that Trump’s invitation for a State visit be cancelled. Since that time Trump has managed to further antagonize our British cousins by attacking the Muslim Mayor of London of being weak when he called for calm following a possible terrorist attack. This was not the first time he had attacked Sadiq Khan who had openly voiced is opposition to Trump’s election as President.
Theresa May is walking a tricky tightrope – trying to stay on relatively good terms with the U.S. as a future trading partner while negotiating the UK’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union. At this time, no date has been set for Trump’s State visit, although the invitation has not been officially withdrawn. No doubt May and her ministers are hoping to hold out long enough to see either Trump resign or be impeached so the question of a State visit would become moot.
Meanwhile, for those of us who lived through the Cold War, it is mindboggling to see our worst enemy (Russia) appeased while our closest ally (Britain) is outraged. These are strange times we are going through now.