London’s Muslim Mayor, Khan, Criticizes Trump’s ‘Ignorant’ View of Islam

Newly elected London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, slammed potential U.S. Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, and his “ignorant” view of Islam on Tuesday. The response of the first Muslim mayor of any western city came after the Republican’s frontrunner presidential candidate suggested Khan could be exempted from a proposed temporary ban on Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

Upon inquiry about how the proposed policy would affect London’s first Muslim mayor, Trump replied that “there will always be exceptions.” However, Khan responded to Trump and stated that “this isn’t just about me — it’s about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world.” He explained that “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.”

Former human rights lawyer and Labour Party lawmaker, Khan, beat his opponent Goldsmith and accused him of trying to frighten and divide voters in a multicultural city of 8.6 million people. In his victory speech, Khan stressed that his victory marked of “hope over fear and unity over division.” According to Khan, Trump and people who agree with him “think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream Islam – London has proved him wrong.” However, Trump alleged he was “happy to see” Khan’s election and hoped “he does a good job.”

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