The UK government has responded to a petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from entering the country.
The Government said it “does not routinely comment on individual immigration and exclusion decisions” but does say “the Home Secretary has said that Donald Trump’s remarks in relation to Muslims are divisive, unhelpful and wrong.”
The partitioned garnered over 500,000 signatures and was in response to Trump’s heinous comments about banning Muslims from entering the US and forcing them to register/putting them into internment camps.
Look, Donald Trump is a terrible human being who is a racist and a misogynist and definitely deserves to be punched in the balls. But I don’t think that justifies banning him from entering the country.
Setting aside the pragmatic reason that if you’re going to start banning politicians who say shitty racist and misogynist and homophobic and so on stuff, you’re going to have very few politicians to engage with. And, unfortunately, in a globalized economy, that is not going to benefit your country. There is a larger, greater reason not to ban him.
Visas to enter a country shouldn’t be see as the government’s tacit endorsement of that person’s belief. Governments should allow people to say all the vile things they want, not because the promotion of vile ideas is good but because the suppression of ideas is worse.
Even when those ideas belong to Donald Trump.