Controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may face the same ban he so eagerly tried to impose on others.
Mainly, the US citizen and well known millionaire Trump recently made a rather controversial statement in his run for the US presidency calling for a total ban of all Muslims to enter the Unites States of America ‘until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on’. His comments followed the deadly shooting spree by two Muslims in California.
That is why more than a quarter of a million Britons have signed an online petition to ban him from entering the United Kingdom himself.
The petition says: ‘If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the 'unacceptable behavior' criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as the powerful.’
It was launched by Suzanne Kelly, a Scottish-based campaigner and longtime critic of Trump's latest golf course in Aberdeenshire. Trump already owns couple of golf courses in Scotland.
The number of people who signed the petition was growing fast but Britain's finance minister George Osborne said that Trump should not be banned from the country.
It is well known that in the past, people have been banned from entering Britain for fostering hatred that might provoke inter-community violence. Why shouldn’t it be applicable to both the poor and the rich, powerful individuals?
Along with the petition, Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University said that it was revoking an honorary degree that was awarded to Trump in 2010 because he had "made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university".
Also, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stripped Trump of his role as a business ambassador for Scotland, a spokeswoman for her Edinburgh-based government said in a statement that what Trump said was ‘simply wrong.’
The British government has a debate in Parliament on petitions that have reached more than 100.000 signatures.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said through his spokeswoman that Trump's comments were "divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong".
But the Finance Minister Osborne went even further when he stated his views on the matter.
"Frankly, Donald Trump's comments fly in the face of the founding principles of the United States."
He added that Trump’s statements should be confronted through robust democratic argument.
"That is the best way to deal with Donald Trump and his views rather than trying to ban presidential candidates."
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson dismissed Trump's comments as utter nonsense, and said: "the only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump,’ on the comments that Trump made trying to defend his proposals.
Namely, Trump defended what he said and rationalized it with saying that ‘the United States need to be vigilant because parts of London and Paris are now so radicalised they can no longer be policed by officers, who fear for their lives.’