More than a million people could take to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s upcoming UK visit, campaigners have warned following a boom in the number of people pledging to march.
The Stop Trump group was set up in February, shortly after the US President’s inauguration and in the wake of his divisive travel ban.
Its aim was to prevent a UK state visit for the American leader and was backed by high-profile figures including Owen Jones, Brian Eno and Bianca Jagger.
But the campaign was reinvigorated on Wednesday after Mr Trump shared a trio of anti-Muslim videos to his Twitter account which had been posted by the deputy leader of far-right racist group Britain First, Jayda Fransen.
His retweets sparked a huge global backlash with politicians including Prime Minister Theresa May calling him “wrong” to share the tweets from a “hateful” group which “peddles lies and stokes tensions”.
According to organisers of the Stop Trump group, it has seen a massive boost in the number of people pledging support for their campaign following Mr Trump’s latest retweets.
Its website invites members of the public to “pledge to march” by signing up with their name, postcode and email address.
“We’ve had a huge response to our campaign over the last 24 hours – particularly on social media,” a spokesperson said.
“Thousands of people have been signing our pledge to protest.
“The British government know that the protests against a Trump visit could be the biggest we’ve ever seen in this country. Upwards of a million people could take to the streets.
“No doubt that’s a factor not only in the delay over the visit but also the secrecy surrounding the details.
“But there’s no escape. We could mobilise hundreds of thousands at a day’s notice.”
Last month, the Standard exclusively revealed President Trump, 71, is set to visit Britain in early 2018 but for a stripped-down trip that will not qualify as a state visit. No date has yet been set.
Diplomats were reportedly discussing plans for a “working visit” which would see him not stay with the Queen.
It followed the threat of mass protests when it emerged the PM had offered a state visit, breaching convention that the honour is usually reserved for a president’s second term.
In January, Whitehall was brought to a standstill as thousands of furious protester marched to Downing Street against the travel ban, which targeted visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Today Mr Trump hit back at Theresa May following her criticism of his Britain First retweets, which the White House claimed were “about national security”.
The president took to Twitter once again to tag Mrs May, telling her: “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!”
Mrs May responded by saying the UK takes the terror threat very seriously.
The Stop Trump group has been backed by politicians including Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Tim Farron and MPs Ed Miliband, Tulip Siddiq and David Lammy as well as comedian Frankie Boyle, singer Lily Allen and Akala.
Caitlin Moran, Paloma Faith, Shappi Khorsandi and the heads of Unison, TUC, GMB, RMT and NUS have also given their backing.