UK Parliament slams Trump as 'a dangerous fool who fuels the flames of terrorism' during debate on barring him from the country but conclude a ban would only turn him into a martyr
- British Parliament debated for three hours on whether Donald Trump should be banned from UK but there was no formal vote
- MPs called the presidential hopeful 'bonkers' and a 'demagogue'
- One MP says the tycoon shouldn't be allowed within 1,000 miles of Britain but most insisted turning 'crazy' billionaire away would make him a martyr
- They concluded the debate by saying Trump must live up to his promise of investing in Britain
- Trump wants non-citizen Muslims banned from coming into the U.S. and has called for America to wall off its southern border
- 570,000 people signed a petition to ban him after Trump said the UK has 'massive Muslim problem'
- Trump calls the debate 'absurd' and says MPs do not speak for the people of Great Britain
- He has described 'no go Muslim zones' where police 'feared for lives'
- Only the Home Secretary has the power to ban people from Britain, making the debate largely a show trial
Members of Parliament were in full outrage mode on Monday, with one claiming he is a 'dangerous fool' who 'fuels the flames of terrorism' with 'poisonous' views on Muslims.
After three hours of debate, the idea of barring him from Britain, however, was largely dismissed because it could turn him into a conservative martyr. There was no formal vote on the matter.
Trump has come under fire for insisting that the United States should temporarily bar non-citizen Muslims from entering the U.S. until the Obama administration can assess and address the threats posed by jihadi radicals.
He also said on Twitter that the 'The United Kingdom is trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem.'
That line of attack – combined with his insistence that the U.S. should wall off its southern border with Mexico – has drawn complaints that Trump is a closet racist and Islamophobe who wants to divide Americans along religious and ethnic lines.