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Over One Million Britons: No Official State Visit for 'Vulgar' Trump

Rate of signatures soars following U.S. president's executive order banning immigrants from several Muslim countries

Demonstrators hold signs Sunday at San Francisco International Airport to show resistance to President Donald Trump's executive order banning entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim countries. (Photo: Kenneth Lu/flickr/cc)

A petition to stop President Donald Trump from making an official state visit to the United Kingdom shot up to over one million signatures by Monday—a sign of the global backlash against his draconian executive order banning immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries.

The petition, which references Trump's "well documented misogyny and vulgarity," was posted on the UK's Government and Parliament website in November and received "just 372 signatures in two months," as CNN reports. But, CNN continues,

[n]ews spread over the weekend of Trump's travel ban, and by 10AM on Monday, the number of signatures on the petition had soared, and it's still rising fast.

Indeed, the Guardian writes Monday that "at one point was being signed by more than a thousand people a minute."

As of this writing, it has 1,324,821 signatures. It reads:

Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.

Donald Trump's well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn encouraged people to sign the petition, and tweeted Sunday that Trump "should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with shameful #MuslimBan and attacks on refugees and women."

London mayor Sadiq Kahn, who is Muslim, writes Monday at the Evening Standard that he has "no choice but to speak out" against Trump in the wake of his immigration ban, which he argues "is both discriminatory and counter-productive." The offer for a state visit should be rescinded until it is called off, Khan writes.

The Associated Press adds: "No date has been announced for the state visit, which involves lavish pomp and ceremony, generally with a stay at Buckingham Palace."

The office of British Prime Minister Theresa May, however, said Monday that the visit is still on.

"To be clear, the Prime Minister extended an invitation on behalf of the Queen—and she was very happy to do so. The USA is one of this country's closest allies, and we look forward to hosting the President later this year," May's office said in a statement.

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