London's Khan blasts Trump's rhetoric, makes comparison to ISIS

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has hit out at US President Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, saying its tone reflects the propaganda touted by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

As part of his criticism of Trump, Khan has called for a planned state visit to London by the U.S. president to be canceled, as "his policies go against everything we stand for".

Speaking at a Guardian Live event at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, Mr Khan accused Mr Trump of adopting the language of Isis and "playing their game". What you're saying is not dissimilar to what Daesh, or so-called ISIS, say.

Voicing his opposition to Trump's United States travel ban on immigrants from Muslim-majority nations, and the president's claim that Khan himself would be exempt from such a ban, the London mayor said: "My view was firstly "I'm not exceptional" and secondly 'Think about what you are saying'".

He said Trump's ban on travellers from a number of Muslim-majority countries gave the "wrong impression" of the religion.

'And the reason why they say that is because if you look at the time when Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered in 2013 up until the Westminster Bridge attack this year, there were 13 terrorist attacks thwarted because of the excellent work of the police and security services'.

"I sometimes think people are ignorant", he said, adding that it was his job to educate them.

"I'm a westerner, but also a very proud Muslim", Khan said.

The mayor's remarks follow a war of words between him and the president which broke out in the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack in June. 'There are some people who want to divide our communities - I'm not going to let them'. "I'm happy to educate people who are ignorant".

The London mayor also addressed Trump's statement previous year that Khan would be exempt from his proposed Muslim ban. During the USA presidential election campaign, Khan was among many people who spoke out against Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States, an idea he said would play into the hands of extremists.

Theresa May invited Trump to make a state visit when she visited the White House days after his inauguration in January.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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