Join Stand Up To Racism’s protest outside the US Embassy in London on the day of Trump’s inauguration as President of the US – Friday 20 January at 5pm. Check out the facebook event here.
On Friday 20 January, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the US. The most powerful office on Earth will belong to someone who promised to build a giant wall along the Mexican border, to expel 11 million “illegal” immigrants and to pursue “extreme vetting” for Muslims entering the country.
Shadow home secretary Ms Diane Abbott MP said: “There is a link between inflammatory statements by politicians and racist attacks and hate crimes on the street.
“There has been a rise in such crimes in Britain following the EU referendum and a similar pattern has emerged in the US.
“Now is the time for people of goodwill to unite and stand up to racism.”
Trump has a long history of racist outbursts. He has said ‘laziness is a trait in blacks’, described Mexican immigrants as ‘criminals’ and ‘rapists’, and condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter activist at one of his rallies.
He has also said women should be “punished” for having abortions, and chillingly sought to downplay the severity of sexual violence, dismissing boasts of sexually assaulting women as ‘locker room talk’.
The most powerful elected official in the world will also now be a climate change denier, posing a direct threat to the survival of large swathes of humanity as global temperatures threaten to cause climate chaos.
Trump also suggested he would consider appointing Supreme Court judges that would overturn the ruling on same sex marriages.
The effects of a Trump presidency is set to be felt all over the world as racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry is normalised through the voice of one of the most powerful and visible figures in the world, and progress on C02 emissions targets dashed as one of the world’s largest emitters refuses to accept there is a problem.