Britain is already preparing itself for huge protests amid the news last week that President Donald Trump will be visiting London on 13 July, this summer.
Trump, who has famously described women as ‘pigs’ and ‘dogs’, Mexicans as ‘rapists’ and white supremacists as ‘very fine people’, cancelled a trip to the capital in January to witness the opening of the new US embassy. Trump claimed to be angry about the ‘bad deal’ the US got saying the building was in an ‘off location’, despite the widespread belief that he was put off by angry Londoners.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan subtly reinforced his previous opposition to Trump’s visit, tweeting that he would ‘experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear.’
John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons is also in opposition to the visit, arguing that Trump should not be allowed to address the Houses of Parliament, as is standard among visiting world leaders, including Barack Obama in 2011. Bercow said ‘An address to both Houses of Parliament is not an automatic right; it is an earned honour. My view is that he has not earned that honour.’
Organisers of the Women’s March London took to Twitter urging ‘Are you ready to make some noise? Are you ready to stand together in huge numbers?’ UK director of campaign group Amnesty International resonated these sentiments saying; ‘When Donald Trump arrives on these shores, we and thousands of our supporters will definitely be making our voices heard.’
Although Trump’s visit hasn’t been afforded official ‘state visit’ status it is rumoured that he will be meeting the Queen. Owner of the New York Jets and US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson told LBC radio; ‘He knows that the value added of the royal family and what they bring to the table is enormous. You can really see it from an American perspective maybe even clearer that you can see it here.’ Trump famously wrote in his 1997 book, ‘Trump: The Art of the Comeback’ that his only regret ‘in the women department was never having dated Princess Diana.’
There is no doubt that London will make President Trump feel wholly unwelcome in the city celebrated for its diversity. He will witness nationwide peaceful protests by liberal people dedicated to human rights, standing united against discrimination and stupidity. Keep an eye out for more information about organised protests on social media because, as Owen Jones wrote in the Guardian, ‘Trump represents an exceptional danger. And that is why we must march.’
Trump’s visit is currently scheduled for the 13 July 2018.