After facing flak over his remarks against Muslims, US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has now earned the ire of London Mayor Boris Johnson. Reacting to Trump’s claim that ‘certain parts of London are so radicalised the city’s police personnel are afraid of their own lives’, Johnson, in a veiled criticism, said, “I would invite him to come and see the whole of London and take him around the city, except I wouldn’t want to expose Londoners to any unnecessary risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
Trump also tweeted on Thursday highlighting UK’s ‘massive Muslim problem’.
The United Kingdom is trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem. Everybody is wise to what is happening, very sad! Be honest.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2015
On Wednesday, more than 100,000 Britons had signed an online petition to ban Donald Trump from the country following his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. The petition collected 300,000 signatures in a matter of hours. “The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech,” the text of the British petition said. “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.”
In a recent interview to news channel CNN, Trump had said he is “doing good for the Muslims” and is the “least racist person”. “I’m doing good for the Muslims. Many Muslim friends of mine are in agreement with me. They say, ‘Donald, you brought something up to the fore that is so brilliant and so fantastic,’” Trump told CNN, days after he called for for “a complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the US.
When asked if he is bigoted or Islamophobic, Trump replied with a firm no. “I am the least racist person that you have ever met.”