For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2016
Contact: DNC Press: 202-863-8148
In Shameful and Embarrassing Spectacle for GOP, UK Parliament to Debate Banning Party Frontrunner for “Hate Speech”
What: Today, the governing body of one of the United States’ closest allies will debate whether to bar the Republican Party’s frontrunner from their country for “Hate Speech.” Setting aside the serious diplomatic implications of the United Kingdom barring a potential U.S. president from their shores, this shameful and embarrassing spectacle shines a light on the Republican candidates’ vitriolic rhetoric and discriminatory policies that undermine our values, alienate partners we need to prosecute the war on terror, and make our country and our people less safe. Today’s debate underscores just how far Republicans have moved to the extreme right and how out-of-touch they are.
Where: UK House of Parliament, Westminster Hall. Watch the livestream here.
When: 11:30 a.m. EST (4:30 p.m. GMT)
London (CNN) For Donald Trump, in politics as in life, it seems the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
But Monday, the Republican presidential candidate will enter unfamiliar territory, even by his larger-than-life standards, when members of the British Parliament hold a debate over a petition calling for the U.S. businessman-turned-politician to be banned from the country.
The debate, which will be held in the UK Parliament’s Westminster Hall at 4.30 p.m. local time (11.30 a.m. ET), is a result of a petition that Scottish freelance journalist and activist Suzanne Kelly launched last month to block the former reality TV star from British shores.
The petition, which calls for the 69-year-old to be barred because of his “hate speech” after his calls for a travel ban on Muslims entering the United States, has received more than 574,000 signatures.