BRITAIN: Newly-Elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan Rejects Trump’s Offer To Be “Exception” On Muslim Ban

Politico reports:

London’s first Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan has rebuffed Donald Trump’s suggestion that he could be an exception to the presidential candidate’s proposed policy to ban all Muslims from the United States.

“This isn’t just about me,” Khan told Buzzfeed. “It’s about my friends, my family, and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world.”

The newly elected mayor of London made the comments after Trump told the New York Times “there will always be exceptions” when asked about how Khan would be affected by the proposed ban.

However, Khan is not convinced. “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe,” he said, adding that Trump “risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists.”

  • olandp

    One hopes that Donald Trump will never be President, in which case all of this is moot.

    • Yet Another Alex

      That’s why all of us who thinks strongly about this needs to tell all of our friends, family and online friends to VOTE and make certain he does NOT become President.

  • Michael Rush

    Donald Trump in Slow Motion (Slowed down 50% speech)

    • Bryan

      He has an odd cadence even without slowing down the speed.

  • Mark

    He could have just stopped at “Donald Trump’s ignorant”

  • thom

    new state polls today by Quinnipiac… Pennsylvania tied, Florida tied, Ohio trump leads by 4.
    president trump is no longer laughable, it really could happen. this year. in the US. unbelievable

    • TuuxKabin

      That news is like a kick in the stomach. I feel like I’m on a listing ship, taking on water, no other ship within 1,000 miles, in life jacket, and the captain of the ship is telling passengers and crew it’s a routine drill.

      • Jerry

        Don’t pay attention to single polls…particularly Quinnipiac and Rassmussen are heavily skewed GOP. Have to look at polling averages to get a clear picture, and the averages still have Clinton leading Trump in all the battleground states.

        • B Snow

          I hope you’re right. Of course, what we really need to look at is Nate Silver’s analyses.

    • Sam_Handwich

      and polls from last week showed Clinton ahead by 13 points in FL, and trailing by only a single point in Georgia of all places.

      • thom

        yep, fingers crossed. but the Republicans are definitely coalescing around trump. hopefully we can when we get a confirmed nominee. also Obama, biden, Warren on the campaign trail won’t hurt

        • Gene

          we cannot have a confirmed nominee Thom….we need…even though it wont happen, to be INSPIRED…to have a REVOLUTION…..and fell warm and danish/scandinavian cozy about our future. actual real world political realities? Nah…that does not work with the comfortable warmth of being…burnt

          • B Snow

            “danish/scandinavian cozy” — So you know about hygge? 🙂

    • thom

      most people dismissed his chances in the primary, then thought it was funny, then he won… that CAN’T happen in the general

    • Gustav2

      Poll in OH has under-sampled Democrats. Sample is 30% R, 29% D, and 34% indie. From 2012 exit poll in OH, it is 38% D, 30% R, and 31% indie.

      It also shows show smaller Hispanic and black electorates in 2016–this is highly unlikely.

      • thom

        i completely agree, and i do think clinton wins by the same margins that Obama rid in 08. but even skewed the polls show its within the realm of possibilities. we can’t dismiss that

        • Gustav2

          D voter participation in Kasich re-elect is going to skew any poll in Ohio. Democrats just stayed home, in very Democratic Columbus OH we only had a 37% participation of registered voters…yes, the Democratic candidate was sooo bad D’s just stayed home.

          • Ninja0980

            The 2014 governor’s race shows what happens when you don’t pay attention to building up talent at the state and local level.
            I truly believe a qualified candidate could have made Kasich one and done.
            However, due to the fact Ohio’s Democratic party is pretty much wiped out, Democrats had to run a guy that had many, many flaws and rightfully deserved to go down in flames.

          • Bj Lincoln

            Ohioans are mostly Red and unreliable. Too many years of voting and losing in that state taught me that.

          • Gustav2

            BJ. since 2008 we have 5 D’s for every 4 R’s in the state. It’s not the same. But Democrats just don’t vote as consistently as R’s.

            Ohio has voted D 4 times out of the last 6 presidential elections.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Keep in mind, the average voter doesn’t begin to tune in seriously until the conventions. Romney looked good throughout the summer of ’12 in terms of support.

    • hiker_sf

      This is one reason I support Sanders. Almost every poll shows him beating Trump by greater percentages than Clinton.

  • Do you really want this guy for President?

    • TuuxKabin

      The mayor of London? Sure! /s

    • Todd20036

      Now when you say this guy, you mean the one on the left or the right?

    • Gerry Fisher

      Trump’s a bit smoother in the delivery, but…!

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    • kaydenpat

      Wonder what his outreach to LGBTs would look like. Horrible Panderer.

      • Beagle

        When Mr. Roper is your adviser, it isn’t difficult to guess.

    • JulieBL

      I ***love*** the expression on his face as he pinches the woman’s ass! What a cartoonist!!! Just perfect!

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  • Sam_Handwich
    • Gene

      anything even hinting of an apology?…NOT good

      • Mark_in_MN

        Both would be very good (and very long overdue).

        • Gene

          nope….it saved hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives, not just tens…if not hundreds of thousands of American military lives.

          Even most Japanese will acknowledge this…its one of the reasons they have become such strong allies.

          • Mark_in_MN

            Nope. There is no evidence that the atomic bombings changed anything in the Japanese leadership at the time. The war was already lost and winding down, even if some in the government refused to accept it still. Detailed reports of the bombings were not yet available to the central leadership and the extent of their horror was not yet understood. Besides, the atomic bombings were less devistating, especially in terms of lives lost, than the fire bombings in Tokyo. Those bombings, as well as the atomic bombs were barbaric and immoral, and that would be true whether or not they did hasten the end of the war or not.

            I don’t think recognizing anything about the atomic bombing has much of anything to do with the friendship and alliance between Japan and the US.

      • Todd20036

        An apology would suggest the US did something wrong at the time.

        It was a war, and nuking a couple of Japanese cities cost fewer lives than a ground war with Japan.

        Obama may apologize with having to fight Japan, but that action ended the war, and left Japan relatively intact to become the economic powerhouse it is today.

        It is a shame we had to nuke them. It’s also a shame they sided with the Nazis.

        • hiker_sf

          I agree. However justifying the indiscriminate killing of everyone would be like indiscriminate killing of US citizens because of George Bush’s wars.

        • olandp

          I once spoke to a Japanese American friend, her mother was Japanese, her father American, about the bomb. I asked how her grandmother felt about the US. She said that the Japanese accept that it was inevitable, because they would have never surrendered, it is not i the Japanese character to give up. They are not resentful toward us, but rather toward Tojo for getting them involved in the first place. Her grandmother was bitter that MacArthur un-diefied the emperor.

          • KnownDonorDad

            That has always amazed me – such a stark, and honorable, contrast to the forever war mentality of the likes of ISIS.

        • Sporkfighter

          “It was a war, and nuking a couple of Japanese cities cost fewer lives than a ground war with Japan.”

          Nuking a couple of Japanese cities cost fewer lives than fire bombing a couple of Japanese cities.

          • E.J.

            Over 100,000 were killed in Tokyo, in one night of fire bombing.

        • YakHerder

          If any of us the slightest inkling of what kind of suffering our government inflicted on another country’s civilian population, by destroying their bodies with radiation, we would spend the rest of our existence as a nation atoning for this horrible sin.

          • Bomer

            My Grandmother worked with the war orphans in Hiroshima when she was in Japan during the occupation. She got to see first had what the bombs did to the people there. She’s 86 and still has nightmares about it.

        • Mark_in_MN

          The US did do something wrong at the time. It used nuclear weapons. It also engaged the fortifications fire bombing of Tokyo, which even the general who ordered it acknowledged would have justly resulted in war crimes charges has the war turned out differently.

    • hiker_sf

      I wonder if he will apologize to all of the people labeled ‘collateral damage.’

      Without discussing blame or if the bomb was the right thing to do, we can all agree about its devastation is without question.

      • Sporkfighter

        Considering how the Japanese have not apologized to the Chinese or the Koreans, I don’t think he will say anything that sounds like an apology.

        • hiker_sf

          Not true:

          List of war apology statements issued by Japan

        • justme

          Should we care??

        • Phil2u

          I am sure there has been an official apology for the atrocities in “Nanking” if not in general.

        • Ginger Snap

          Maybe they need to hear/see an apology for war atrocities so thy can heal and maybe learn that is time to apologize and move forward. Just my two cents.

        • Kissmagrits

          Actually, Japanese delegations have already apologized to China, Korea and others for WW II. They’ve managed to bow stiffly and describe their wartime actions as “regrettable”.

          • Sporkfighter

            “Regrettable” is not the same as “wrong”.

          • Kissmagrits

            Japan’s delegation sounded so lame when they tried to compensate Korean “Comfort Women” – already in their eighties.

            And what could possibly be said to the descendants of the “Rape of Nanking”? It’s beyond me.

      • Steven Leahy

        I think all war is immoral. The US was definitely complicit in hostilities with the Japanese, if you look at the complete history leading up to WWII, and not a totally innocent bystander, as the history books in school like to pretend. None of that excuses Japanese aggression, however. In any case, almost all wars are cases of male aggression and exploitation of the masses for power. Once the thing was underway, however, the nuclear option probably the least bad of a whole bunch of bad options to end it, pitiful as that is. I feel for all those who suffered at the hands of warmongers.

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  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    Once again ( is anyone surprised? ) Trump shows himself to be absolutely clueless thinking that offer would be well received.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz
    • Ray Taylor

      They will have the tinest shrimp ev-eer!

      • ChrisInKansas

        But they will still somehow be YUge and the best shrimp ever sold anywhere and eaten by anyone who has ever lived.

  • kaydenpat

    The nerve! As if Trump will ever be President.

  • But Trump and Hillary are interchangeable…

    • KnownDonorDad

      Both parties are the same.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Good for Khan – he gets it!
    Allowing Hair Trump to dole out “exemptions” for “good” Muslims, would instantly brand him as a Quisling/Capo. Reject Trumpism!

  • Huzzah Mayor Khan!!!

  • MikeBx2

    The good mayor does realize that there will be no Muslim ban and Trump will never be POTUS, doesn’t he?

    • ChrisMorley

      That’s probable but not guaranteed. There are six months where events may still blow things off course for Hillary.

  • ChrisMorley

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan also warned
    “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. Donald Trump and those around
    him think that western liberal values are incompatible with mainstream
    Islam – London has proved him wrong.”

  • DaveMiller135

    Since he hasn’t yet been elected anything, I’m going to just put this down as Trump only embarrassing himself.

  • Good for Mayor Khan.

  • JCF

    “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries
    less safe,” he said, adding that Trump “risks alienating mainstream
    Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists.”

    Yep. [Except change “could” and ” risks” to “will”.]