London’s new Muslim mayor has a message for
The newly elected Sadiq Khan on Tuesday accused the presumptive GOP presidential nominee of playing “into the hands of extremists” with his dangerous and “ignorant” rhetoric on Muslims.
In response to Trump’s earlier comments that Khan may qualify as an “exception” to his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., the mayor told the
: “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe – it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists.”
“This isn’t just about me,” Khan, 45, added to the London newspaper. “It’s about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world.”
“Donald Trump and those around him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam – London has proved him wrong.”
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Trump has stood by his widely panned proposal of a temporary ban on all Muslim travel to the U.S., which he suggested shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November that killed 130 people.
When asked in an interview Monday how his proposal would affect London’s new mayor, Trump replied, “There will always be exceptions.”
“I was happy to see that,” Trump said of Khan’s election,
The New York Times
reports. “I think it’s a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good.”
Asked why, Trump said, “Because I think if he does a great job, it will really – you lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.”
Khan has said he plans to travel to the U.S. to learn about programs that American mayors have put into effect in cities like New York and Chicago.
But, he told
magazine, “If Donald Trump becomes the president I’ll be stopped from going there by virtue of my faith, which means I can’t engage with American mayors and swap ideas.”
“Conservative tacticians thought those sorts of tactics would win London and they were wrong,” he added. “I’m confident that Donald Trump’s approach to politics won’t win in America.”