Today, about 11:30 a.m. Eastern, members of British Parliament are going to take to the floor and do something a lot of Americans have likely been dreaming of: Discuss whether or not to formally ban Donald Trump from the country for hate speech.
The debate comes in response to a nearly 600,000 signature-strong petition calling for the sentient bit of hair-dusted blood sausage to be refused entry to the UK for his “unacceptable behavior,” including—but not limited to—his call to ban all Muslims from entering the US.
Actually barring Trump certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility. The UK’s banned plenty of people for similar in the past, most notably Trump’s Dutch twin in both hair and hate, Geert Wilders. Trump, for his part, has responded to the potential ban with the following statement:
Any action to restrict travel would force the Trump Organization to immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom. Westminster would send a terrible message to the world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment.
This would also alienate the many millions of United States citizens who wholeheartedly support Mr. Trump and have made him the forerunner by far in the 2016 presidential election. Many people now agree with Mr. Trump that there is a serious problem that must be resolved. This can only be achieved if we are willing to discuss these tough issues openly and honestly.