London Mayor Sadiq Khan called President Trump a “poster boy for racists” after the president lashed out at him over London’s recent knife crime attacks, reports the BBC.
Khan was responding in part to a Saturday tweet by the president that stated, “LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!”
Trump was quoting a tweet from right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins who blamed the recent wave of knife crimes in Britain’s capital city on “Khan’s Londonistan”.
Trump later tweeted that Khan “is a national disgrace who is destroying the City of London.”
LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse! https://t.co/n7qKI3BbD2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2019
“It’s remarkable that you’ve got the president of the USA amplifying the tweets of a far-right activist, amplifying a racist tweet,” Khan said on Monday.
“That’s one of my concerns about Donald Trump – he’s now seen as a poster boy for racists around the world, whether you’re a racist in this country, whether you’re a racist in Hungary, a racist in Italy, or a racist in France,” he added.
Many on Twitter responded to Trump’s tweet by highlighting the much higher homicide rates in US cities.
“We’ve had four days and four homicides in London, we’ve seen over the last five years an increase in violent crime across our country and it’s not acceptable,” Khan added. “That’s one of the reasons why City Hall, even though there’s been massive cuts from central government, have continued to invest in our police.”
He continued: “There are many good leaders in America facing massive increases in violent crime. They have my support to make sure we learn lessons from each other and that we work together to grapple the issue of violent crime taking place in many cities across the Western world.”
Another Tory leadership hopeful, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, said President Trump should be more worried about violent crime in the United States, reports the BBC.
“I think President Trump should stick to domestic policies and I think it is unbecoming of a leader of such a great state to keep trying to interfere in other countries’ domestic policies,” said Javid. “The president is right to be concerned about serious violence, but he should be concerned about the serious violence in his own country where it is more than 10 times higher than it is in the UK.”
“It’s hard to escape the conclusion that President Trump may be singling out Sadiq Khan because he is of the Muslim faith,” said Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott.