Trump Travel Ban Critics Now Beg Administration to Enforce Travel Ban for Tommy RobinsonPosted On :
The motion, signed by Ms Smeeth along with 18 other MPs, 16 from the Labour benches and two from the nominally right-wing Conservatives, requests the UK government lobby the Trump administration to prevent a prior ban from being overturned following Mr Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, receiving an invitation to talk in Washington D.C. on the 14th of November.
The motion states that “if the U.S. Administration bows to pressure from right-wing groups and figures allied with the Trump administration and overturns Yaxley-Lennon’s ban and allow him into the U.S., the media exposure and the money he could raise on the trip will have a detrimental impact on community relations in the UK.”
The motion has been promoted by the far-left Antifa-linked activist group HOPE not Hate where Ms Smeeth serves as a director and also served as a secretary before her election to Parliament, according to records kept by Companies House.
Ms Smeeth has not kept her contempt for President Trump private, slamming Trump for sitting in the chair of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a state visit saying, “given Trump’s appalling actions and rhetoric, he doesn’t even deserve to look at a statue of Churchill let alone sit in his seat.”
Another signatory to the motion is Labour MP Wes Streeting who said President Trump “was not welcome” in the UK, calling the U.S. leader “a peddler of far-right hatred — the antithesis of our two great democracies.” He added, “Trump is such an odious, sad, little man. Imagine being proud to have that as your President.”
Labour MP Luciana Berger also supports a travel ban for Mr Robinson despite rejecting the anti-terror travel ban proposed by President Trump, writing on her website in January 2017 that the ban was “horrific” and added, “We cannot and must not roll out the red carpet for President Trump with a full State visit.”
Some of the signatories have had an even harsher tone toward the President. During the presidential debate between then-Republican candidate Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Labour’s Gareth Snell wrote, “the dignity demonstrated by Hillary in not taking off a shoe and smacking Trump’s face with it is amazing.”
Despite the motion, HOPE Not Hate head Nick Lowles doubts that Robinson will be barred from the U.S., penning an article with six reasons why Robinson is likely to be allowed to speak after all and complaining that Robinson could earn up to £1 million from a stateside speaking tour.