As we mentioned in passing a few weeks ago, a fashionable cause celebre among British lefties these days is to demand that the conservative government rescind its state visit invitation to the President of the United States.
Prime Minister Theresa May has already dismissed those calls, but members of Parliament were compelled to conduct a “largely symbolic” debate on the subject after 1.8 million people signed a petition on the matter. Allahpundit notes that somewhat lost in the hoopla and global coverage is the fact that “a counter-petition in support of the invitation notched more than 300,000 signatures and a YouGov poll taken earlier this month found Brits in favor of inviting Trump, 49/36.” As the debate unfolded, Labour members recounted many of the now-familiar lowlights of Trump’s rhetoric and controversial actions, arguing that other American presidents were not extended this prestigious honor:
During the debate, a Labour legislator, David Lammy, spoke of Mr. Trump’s attitudes and asked why Britain should “abandon all its principles” and invite him, “because this country is so desperate for a trade deal that we would throw all our own history out the window?” He said: “We didn’t do this for Kennedy. We didn’t do this for Truman. We didn’t do this for Reagan. But for this man, after seven days, we say, ‘Please come and we will lay on everything because we are so desperate for your company?’” He added, “I am ashamed that it has come to this.”
That may be true, several Tories countered, but we have rolled out the red carpet for far more distasteful foreign leaders, so why the hissy fit over the duly-elected president of our closest ally? In any case, with left-wing protesters picketing outside, everyone had their say — and the very likely outcome is that the invite will stand and the visit will happen…sooner or later, at least. The first clip below is a brief compilation that captures the overall tenor and content of the rhetorical sparring session. The second video includes the full remarks of Conservative MP Nigel Evans, who says that even though he doesn’t condone all of Trump’s actions and statements, critics need to “get over it” and respect America’s electoral outcome. Amid jeers and scoffs from some of his colleagues, Evans notes that Trump won the ‘forgotten man’ in November, just as Brexit prevailed in the face of sneering opposition from a cross-section of elites:
“When we stand up in this country and condemn [Trump] for being racist…we’re actually attacking the American people.”
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