A petition on the UK Parliament’s website calling for Trump to be banned from entering the country attracted more than 70,000 signatures in about a day. Petitions that are signed by more than 100,000 people are considered for debate in Parliament. “The signatories believe Donald J Trump should be banned from UK entry,” it says, and calls for Trump to be excluded because of “hate speech”.
“If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behaviour’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful,” states the petition, which was reportedly drafted by Suzanne Kelly, a woman who opposed Trump’s development of a golf course in Aberdeenshire. The petition is getting heavy support from Aberdeenshire and surrounding areas in Scotland, as well as London and other major UK cities, according to a map on the Parliament website.
Meanwhile on Twitter, many mocked the Republican frontrunner for his comments about “radicalised” neighbourhoods. The hashtag #trumpfacts was trending in London overnight Tuesday, with nearly 30,000 messages, most of them poking fun at the candidate. One of the most widely shared tweets was a picture of the Queen wearing a headscarf (above). And of course, both wordplay and Photoshop were heavily deployed: