LONDON — Sadiq Khan has accused Donald Trump of aping ISIS with his divisive anti-Muslim rhetoric.
The Mayor of London said the US president is “playing their game” by using a “clash of civilisations” rhetoric.
Khan, a practicing Muslim, urged Trump to “think about what you are saying” when he speaks about the faith.
He also said was offended by the travel ban to the US on majority-Muslim countries, and the president’s offer to make an exception for Khan.
He told a Guardian event at the Labour Party’s annual conference on Sunday: “My view was firstly ‘I’m not exceptional’ and secondly ‘Think about what you are saying.’ Because what you are saying is not dissimilar to what Daesh or so-called IS says.
“They say that there is a clash of civilisations, it is not possible to be a Muslim and a westerner, and the west hates us. And you are inadvertently playing their game, you are helping them.”
Khan said that Trump’s travel ban, which restricts access to the US from a number of Muslim-majority countries, gives the “wrong impression” of the religion.
On Sunday the White House changed up the specifics of the travel ban, adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela while dropping Sudan.
Khan said: “I’m a westerner, but also a very proud Muslim. There are some people who want to divide our communities — I’m not going to let them.”
The Mayor of London also said that he was a “reluctant participant” in the argument between himself and Trump, which included the US president tweeting criticism of Khan after the London Bridge attack.
On Monday morning Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said that the way Trump speaks is like a “rogue dictator,” and complained that “This government and this Tory prime minister pathetically go along with it all.”
Thornberry labelled the government “supine, sycophantic and spineless” over its failure to stand up to the US president.
It was Corbyn wot won it
When asked why Labour managed to achieve 40% of the vote in the general election and deprive the Conservatives of a parliamentary majority, Khan said there was one main reason: “Jeremy Corbyn.”
The Mayor of London said that Labour had “let Jeremy be Jeremy” and praised the party’s manifesto and Corbyn’s success in motivating old and young people to vote for him.
He said the Labour leader spoke in tune with the public’s concerns over inequality: “He wasn’t doing it to triangulate. He was authentic. Jeremy has always believed that.”
While Labour did not win the general election, Khan said the “direction of travel” was right and that he believes Corbyn is on course to be the next prime minister.
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