Trump’s hostility toward Muslims has no limits: UK scholar
US President Donald Trump’s hostility towards Muslims knows no boundaries, says a London-based scholar, pointing to the American president’s Islamophobic rhetoric and his government’s close ties with regimes that spread terrorism.
Dr. Rodney Shakespeare made the remarks in an interview with Press TV about Trump’s latest anti-Muslim tweets, which have drawn condemnation both in the US and abroad.
On Wednesday, Trump retweeted a series of unverified videos, posted by the leader of the far-right organization Britain First, Jayda Fransen, purportedly showed violence committed by Muslims.
“There is no limit to the sheer ignorance and hostility of President Trump, not just to Muslims but to his fellow human beings,” Shakespeare told Press TV on Wednesday. “He knows of nothing except his desire to sell arms to the most extreme political structures in the world… [like] Suadi Arabia.”
“Trump has linked hands with the progenitors and supporters and financiers and philosophical sources of Daesh,” he argued, noting that with his recent retweets the American head of state is only “putting himself against Muslims in general.”
“Trump is jumping in with complete ignorance… in a situation where he contradicts himself and he doesn’t know the first thing about who creates the terrorism and who is opposed to it,” the academic concluded.
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has denounced Trump’s move as “abhorrent” and “dangerous,” asking the government of Prime Minister Theresa May to condemn them.
Corbyn’s stance was echoed by other Lbour members, with lawmaker David Lammy saying that Trump was “not welcome” in the UK, referring to the American head of state’s long overdue state visit, which has been delayed out of fear for widespread protests.
Chuka Umunna, another Labour legislator, called for the withdrawal of Queen Elizabeth II’s invitation to visit Britain, which may handed to him in January.
Brendan Cox, whose wife MP Jo Cox was murdered by a right-wing extremist last year, warned that the American president’s tweets risked making far-right actions “mainstream”.
May’s office also condemned Trump’s “wrong” move but said the invitation was still in effect.