Sadiq Khan Lambastes President Of The United States For Talking Like ISIS
London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has compared President Donald Trump’s Twitter attacks against Islam to the tactics used by ISIS.

In an interview with the Intercept, the mayor who has received much criticism from Trump, said the President’s language was “very similar to the rhetoric used by so-called ISIS”.

Mr Khan said one of the things ISIS wants is to see “an increase of Islamophobic attacks; they want a backlash against proud Muslims, proud westerners.”

“They want Muslims to be the victims of Islamophobic attacks so they start believing the false narrative that ‘the West hates us’ and ‘it’s not possible to be a law-abiding Muslim and a law-abiding Brit or American.’” He added.

“We are in danger of amplifying the narrative that so-called ISIS have about a ‘clash of civilizations,’ ‘the West hates us,’ by some of the language that Donald Trump has used. He is, if you like, repeating what so-called ISIS is saying: ‘The West and Islam are irreconcilable.’ ‘You can’t be a proud American and a proud Muslim.’” The mayor said.

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President Trump, the white nationalist Islamophobe, earlier in November controversially retweeted a series of Islamophobic posts from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First who has been convicted of hate speech.

“One of the reasons I spoke out against his retweets was that he was amplifying a message of division and hatred, and he should be condemned for that.” Mr Khan said while pointing out that the phrase “Britain first” was shouted out repeatedly by Thomas Mair, the man who murdered his friend and fellow Labour politician Jo Cox.

The 47-year-old mayor, a former human rights lawyer, has become one of the leaders of the anti-Trump #resistance. After he was elected the capital’s first Muslim Mayor in May 2016, Mr Khan rejected Trump’s suggestion that he could be an exception to the latter’s proposed Muslim travel ban, saying: “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.”

Formerly, Mr Khan spoke out when Trump brought in his controversial travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, calling the policy “cruel and shameful”.

Later, president Trump criticised the mayor for telling Londoners there was “no reason to be alarmed” at the sight of more armed police on the street following the London Bridge attack.

During the interview, Mr Khan also said the U.S. president should not be granted a state visit because “there are too many things that he believes that we disagree with”.

Trump was ridiculed for blaming Barack Obama for selling the embassy’s current home for “peanuts”, while the decision was in fact made by George W Bush’s administration. Trump’s visit to open the new U.S. embassy in London, where he was expected to be greeted by huge protests, was cancelled earlier this month.

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