Imagine how stone cold deaf these leftwing politicians are even after Brexit.
In a vitriolic tirade, Donald Trump was branded ‘racist and sexist’ by UK House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, as he revealed the US President will be barred from making a speech at Westminster Hall on his state visit. Speaker John Bercow claimed d his opposition to a speech in Parliament by Donald Trump had been increased by the President’s migrant ban.
In an extraordinary broadside from the Speaker’s chair, he said Mr Trump’s controversial ban on migrants from seven majority Muslim countries had left him ‘even more strongly opposed’ to a speech than he had been.
But Mr Bercow had no objections to leaders of controversial regimes including China, Kuwait and Qatar addressing MPs and peers in both parliaments.
Think of the all blood and treasure America spent during World War II to save the United Kingdom from totalitarians like this evil clown.
Donald Trump will NOT get to speak in Parliament after Commons Speaker John Bercow blocks ‘racist and sexist’ US President (but he didn’t have a problem when the President of CHINA was here)
Speaker said he is ‘strongly opposed’ to the President speaking in Westminster
Bercow is one of three powerful ‘key holders’ to the historic Westminster Hall
As an invited guest on a state visit Trump might have expected to make a speech
Bercow allowed leaders of China, Kuwait and Qatar speak to MPs and peers
By Tim Sculthorpe, Mailonline Deputy Political Editor and Matt Dathan, Mailonline Political Corresponden, Daily Mail, 6 February 2017:
Speaker John Bercow, pictured rebuking Donald Trump in the Commons today, said his opposition to a speech in Parliament by Donald Trump had been increased by the President’s migrant ban
Speaker Bercow was applauded by MPs after his intervention, prompted by a point of order from Labour MP Stephen Doughty
US President Donald Trump speaking to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida
The Speaker is one of three ‘key holders’ for the ancient hall who must agree to its use and if he refuses to cooperate it will be impossible for Theresa May to extend a speaking invitation to the US President.
Mr Bercow was applauded by MPs after branding Mr Trump racist and sexist but despite its acclaim the tirade is likely to provoke a diplomatic headache in No 10 and at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Trump’s executive order provoked protests around the world and has been suspended by US judges as unconstitutional.
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He told MPs: ‘What I will say is this: an address by a foreign leader to both Houses of Parliament is not an automatic right, it is an earned honour.
‘Moreover, there are many precedents for state visits to take place to our country which do not include an address to both Houses of Parliament.
‘Before the imposition of the migrant ban, I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.
THREE KEY HOLDERS: THE POWERFUL PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF WESTMINSTER HALL
The use of Westminster Hall is closely guarded by three powerful keyholders.
The ancient hall – the oldest part of the Parliamentary estate that dates back around 1,000 years – has played a pivotal role in UK history.
It is protected by the Speakers of the Commons and Lords and the Great Lord Chamberlain, on behalf of the Queen.
Currently they are John Bercow for the Commons, Lord Fowler for the Lords and David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley for the Queen.
Speeches in the hall are rare. US President Barack Obama, South African President Nelson Mandela and Burma freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi are among the select few.
Events cannot take place without the agreement of the key holders.
‘After the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.’
Mr Bercow said he has less influence over whether a speech could be made by President Trump in the Royal Gallery because it is in a different part of the building.
But he told MPs it was customary for an invitation to be sent in the names of both speakers of Parliament – himself and Lords Speaker Lord Fowler.
‘I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery,’ he told MPs.
Mr Bercow concluded: ‘We value our relationship with the United States; if a state visit takes place that is way beyond and above the pay grade of the Speaker.
‘However, as far as this place is concerned I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.’
The speech was in response to a point of order raised by Labour MP Stephen Doughty.
He spoke to highlight a Commons motion opposing Mr Trump’s speech. It has been signed by 163 MPs – mostly from Labour and the SNP.
But the intervention was slammed by ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage who said: ‘For Speaker Bercow to uphold our finest parliamentary traditions, he should be neutral.’
No 10 sources played down the intervention, insisting the itinerary for the visit had not been set and would be discussed ‘in due course’.
Speaker Bercow made his extraordinary intervention in the House of Commons today in response to a point of order
Speaker Bercow raised no public objection to Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking to MPs and peers in the Royal Gallery in 2015. He watched on from the platform (pictured)
Britain and China toasted a ‘golden age’ of relations with a State Visit festooned with regal pomp and pageantry but overshadowed by concerns about national security, human rights and economic rivalry
The extraordinary intervention at a key moment in British-Chinese relations will cause deep embarrassment for the government which hopes to use the visit to secure billions of pounds in trade deals. Pictured is President Xi addressing MPs and peers
Mr Trump is due to visit Britain for a state visit later this year. A normal part of the programme would be a speech to MPs and peers in Parliament.
Barack Obama addressed Parliament in Westminster Hall while Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan used the opulent Royal Gallery, which is behind the House of Lords.
Prime Minister Theresa May extended an invite to Mr Trump for a state visit on her trip to Washington earlier this month – marking the earliest invite for a new US president in decades.
Mr Bercow personally welcomed Chinese president Xi Jinping for a speech in the Royal Gallery in 2015 – but used a speech to rebuke him over human rights and democracy.
The Commons Speaker said China should aspire to be seen as a ‘moral inspiration’ to the world as it takes its place as an international superpower.
Mr Bercow said ‘the world will be watching’ the Asian nation’s progress.
Mr Bercow referred to ‘the wise Chinese words’ that ‘it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness’.
‘We very much hope that your time here will assist the process of illumination,’ he told Mr Xi.
He has also welcomed other controversial leaders, including the Emir of Kuwait in 2012 and the Emir of Qatar in 2010.
Commons speakers are among the most powerful people within the Westminster system but they are expected to be independent.
By tradition, when elected speakers are literally dragged to the Commons chair.
But once installed convention dictates they set aside their own politics to stand up for the rights of all MPs.
Donald Trump, pictured at MacDill airforce base today, is due to visit Britain for a state visit later this year. A normal part of the programme would be a speech to MPs and peers in Parliament
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘Well said John Bercow. We must stand up for our country’s values.
‘Trump’s State Visit should not go ahead.’
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: ‘This is the right decision by The Speaker.
‘The Prime Minister might wish to kowtow to the nasty misogynist that now sits in the Oval Office but no-one else does.
‘We do not want him to speak to us. He is not welcome. ‘Speaking within Parliament is a rare honour, the highest honour we can offer.
‘In the past we have hosted speeches from leaders in equality, justice and human rights from Mandela to Obama to Aung San Suu Kyi. Trump is not fit to shine their shoes.’
Barack Obama was granted the rare honour of a speech in Westminster Hall during a state visit to Britain in 2011
Other leaders – such as President Ronald Reagan in 1982, pictured – have addressed MPs and peers from the opulent Royal Gallery behind the House of Lords
BARACK OBAMA AND GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL HAVE ADDRESSED PARLIAMENT IN RECENT YEARS
Barack Obama gave the first address in Westminster Hall by a President of the United States to Members of both Houses of Parliament in 2001, as part of his State Visit to the UK.
He arrived at the Sovereign’s Entrance and received a tour of the Palace of Westminster. Preceded by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, President Obama was conducted into Westminster Hall by the Lord Great Chamberlain to give his address.
His speech focused on the shared characteristics between the UK and the US, including historic ties, shared values and beliefs, and common values.