"Theresa May will be asked about this on her trip to the Middle East and repeatedly, until she gives some kind of answer, it's very difficult" @bbclaurak on Donald Trump retweeting Britain First videos "The British government will be under pressure to respond in some way" #bbcdp pic.twitter.com/JGnwUqj1Ko
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) November 29, 2017
Chuka Umunna MP tells @skynews the State Visit invitation to Donald Trump should be withdrawn immediately:
“He is normalising hatred.. if we don’t call this out we are going down a very dangerous road”
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) November 29, 2017
I never thought I would see the President of the United States retweet Britain First. They are not "nationalist". They are basically neo-Nazis.
— Matt Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) November 29, 2017
Mrs May will have to publicly repudiate Donald Trump or her opponents will paint her as a friend of racists & neo-Nazis.
One of the few things I like about Mrs May is that she’s been strong on opposing bigotry and racism, a prime example being her changing the police’s approach on stop and search, fundamentally she’s a decent person and privately she’ll be appalled at Trump proving David Cameron’s maxim about twitter, again.
But given the position she finds herself in the post Brexit world, can she risk alienating Donald Trump by criticising his actions and withdrawing the state visit invitation? Labour are already urging her to do that.
As someone who enrages the likes of Britain First and the EDL on sight I know these re-tweets by Donald Trump will embolden them more, this isn’t a story that will just blow away. Theresa May can either condemn Trump now or look like she’s been forced to do so, I trust she will do the right thing sooner rather than later.
Although some of her advisers might tell her to go the Jeremy Corbyn route and just ignore it, given the opprobrium Corbyn received during the general election campaign for his past and current associations, it didn’t stop Corbyn increasing Labour’s share of the vote and seats.