Prince Harry was not the only one to keep his distance from Donald Trump after he insulted the prince’s wife, Meghan Merkle, calling her “dirty.” The American president is wildly unpopular in the U.K., and it is only the Brits impeccable manners that keep things civil. Protesters have lined the streets in thousands and fly the Trump Baby balloon. This year, there was something extra added: a robotic Trump sitting on a toilet tweeting away on his smart phone. There is more.
U.K. Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry spoke to BBC’s Today radio program about Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s boycotting the American president during his state visit, which is an invitation that came from Queen Elizabeth II. Instead, Corbyn scheduled an address to an anti-Trump rally.
Then, there was Thornberry calling POTUS a “sexual predator (and) a racist (and) it’s right to say that,” POLITICO.eu reported:
‘A state visit is an honor, and we don’t think that this president deserves an honor. He is a sexual predator, he is a racist, and it’s right to say that. And I think we need to think about when is it that our country got so scared. Why can’t we start saying things as they are?’
This Shadow Cabinet minister said that Britain needed to confront Trump. He admires strength:
‘We’ve seen the way in which this current British government have tried to deal with Donald Trump, by fawning all over him, holding his hand, and what respect have we got as a result of it? It’s like the way you deal with a bully. If you bow down in front of them, you get kicked harder.’
Thornberry responded to a question about why Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn would not attend the Trump events. The Labour chief met with Chinese President Xi Jinping:
‘The reason I think that I personally am so angry at this particular American president, and I admit that I am, is that I love America and I love the values America has stood for … When you have a close friend and they’re going wrong, you are more likely to be more adamant with them, clearer with them, than with someone who has not been as close a friend and you are trying to build a relationship with them.’
Corbyn was scheduled to attend a mass demonstration against Trump and to give a speech. He has been a long-time critic of 45. Hundreds of thousands of protesters were projected to gather in central London. A Labour Party official said, POLITICO.eu reported:
‘(Corbyn) will attend and speak at the demonstration tomorrow against President Donald Trump’s state visit.’
Last April Corbyn said:
‘Theresa May should not be rolling out the red carpet for a state visit to honour a President who rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric. Maintaining an important relationship with the United States does not require the pomp and ceremony of a State Visit. It is disappointing that the Prime Minister has again opted to kowtow to this U.S. administration.’