A petition to stop President Donald Trump from making an official state visit to the United Kingdom shot up to over one million signatures by Monday—a sign of the global backlash against his draconian executive order banning immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries.
The petition, which references Trump’s “well documented misogyny and vulgarity,” was posted on the UK’s Government and Parliament website in November and received “just 372 signatures in two months,” as CNN reports. But, CNN continues,
Indeed, the Guardian writes Monday that “at one point was being signed by more than a thousand people a minute.”
As of this writing, it has 1,324,821 signatures. It reads:
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn encouraged people to sign the petition, and tweeted Sunday that Trump “should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with shameful #MuslimBan and attacks on refugees and women.”
London mayor Sadiq Kahn, who is Muslim, writes Monday at the Evening Standard that he has “no choice but to speak out” against Trump in the wake of his immigration ban, which he argues “is both discriminatory and counter-productive.” The offer for a state visit should be rescinded until it is called off, Khan writes.
The Associated Press adds: “No date has been announced for the state visit, which involves lavish pomp and ceremony, generally with a stay at Buckingham Palace.”
The office of British Prime Minister Theresa May, however, said Monday that the visit is still on.
“To be clear, the Prime Minister extended an invitation on behalf of the Queen—and she was very happy to do so. The USA is one of this country’s closest allies, and we look forward to hosting the President later this year,” May’s office said in a statement.