The drama that continues to boil over Donald Trump’s presidency is not a phenomenon unique to the American left. The silliness has spread to the UK where more than a million citizens have signed a petition demanding that Trump’s official state visit to the UK be cancelled.
MPs will debate whether US President Trump should be granted a UK state visit, as a petition against the idea nears 1.7 million signatures.
The debate, on 20 February, will also take in a second petition calling for the visit to go ahead, signed by more than 100,000 people.
Mr Trump has imposed a temporary US travel ban on people from seven mainly Muslim countries.
This prompted demonstrations across the UK on Monday.
And, on Tuesday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd called the ban “divisive”, adding that so-called Islamic State could exploit it as a “propaganda opportunity”.
It seems the vacuous claim that enacting policy to deal with terrorism will create more terrorists isn’t unique to America either. Elsewhere people are concerned about how a state visit will effect the Queen.
Lord Ricketts, who was permanent secretary at the Foreign Office from 2006 to 2010, said it was unprecedented for a US president to be invited for a state visit in their first year in the White House.
In a letter to the Times, he questioned whether Mr Trump was “specially deserving of this exceptional honour” and described the invitation as “premature”.
“It would have been far wiser to wait to see what sort of president he would turn out to be before advising the Queen to invite him.
“Now the Queen is put in a very difficult position,” he said.
I guess it could hurt the Queen’s reelection. Oh wait. Maybe she just doesn’t want to receive an iPod loaded with episodes of The Apprentice.
Lord Ricketts told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme the state visit should be delayed until later in the presidency, and Mr Trump should instead be invited for an official visit this year, “centred mainly on political talks with the prime minister”.
He said the Queen would want to receive the president in a “celebratory, warm, friendly visit”, but a state visit at the moment would seem “quite controversial”.
It got the Queen directly involved with “this early turbulent period of the Trump presidency, when these controversial policies are being announced and so on,” he said.
It is apparently fine for the Queen to welcome leaders of regimes with horrible human rights records—like Saudi Arabia, China, Russia— as long as their crimes against humanity aren’t presently “controversial.”
There are some sane voices over there though. This exchange on Twitter is a concise illustration of the state of non-reality in which most of the left exists.
the left consistently protests about our cosy relationships with Saudi Arabia and Turkey, actually
— Blake Anselmo (@BlakeAnselmo) January 31, 2017
The man makes a good point.