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Donald Trump pulls Israel trip and will visit after ‘I’m elected’.

As of last night, more than 450,000 people had signed up to the call to ban the US presidential hopeful for hate speech in the wake of calls to ban Muslims from the US. London’s man in Washington has broken with diplomatic convention to attack Donald Trump’s anti-Islamic rhetoric after the Republican presidential candidate claimed that the UK had a “massive problem” with Muslims.

That was a key takeaway when 29 self-described Trump supporters huddled in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday night to field an array of questions about Trump, the billionaire businessman turned Republican presidential front-runner.LOS ANGELES ( — Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has a huge lead over his Republican rivals, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll. “I’m not going to hyperventilate about polls and I’m not going to do what the media has fallen into which is we had a major terrorist on U.S. soil a week ago yesterday and now all the talk including the newscast dominated by this plan that’s never going to happen,” said Sen. Started two weeks ago, before Trump’s comments that the US should bar all Muslims and that parts of the UK were no-go zones for police, it has comfortably passed the 100,000 threshold required to force the Commons to consider debating the issue.

Sir Peter Westmacott, who is nearing the end of his four-year tour as Britain’s ambassador to the US, did not wait to be asked about Mr Trump’s latest remarks before going on the offensive in a meeting with journalists, the New York Times reported. “There is somebody called Donald Trump running in your presidential campaign, and he again spoke this morning about the UK, saying that we were busy disguising a massive Muslim problem,” the ambassador said. “That’s not the way we see it. Among the participants, support for Trump grew over the hour and a half they answered questions about Trump’s temperament and insults he’s lobbed at rivals and the media, mirroring the pattern of deepening support for him over the life of his candidacy. However, until yesterday another petition demanding the UK close its borders had attracted almost as many signatures – but received less coverage in the media. Amid uproars over his inflammatory rhetoric — calling Mexicans “rapists,” implying a Fox News reporter was menstruating when she asked tough questions and calling this week for a “total and complete” ban of Muslims entering the country — his standing in the polls strengthened. This petition on Parliament’s website – called ‘Stop all immigration and close the UK borders until ISIS is defeated’ – had attracted 444,000 signatures as of 6pm.

Sir Peter’s outspoken comments marked a departure from the time-honoured practice of foreign envoys in Washington of not commenting publicly on American domestic politics, particularly on elections. Trump, who has maintained a wide lead in most early polling, also sparked criticism among many American Jews last week after speaking to a gathering of Jewish donors. But despite the interest created in the Trump petition, this one had been all but ignored by the liberal media and the BBC, which promoted the Trump petition via its BBC News Twitter account. Since the 1970s, a dominant strategy, growing out of the Conservative Movement, had propelled Republican candidates into office using a tested combination of positions on defence, small government, lower taxes and social conservativism. At the start of the night, 10 people said they were at nine or 10, noted David Merritt, managing director of Luntz Global, a political firm led by longtime Republican strategist Frank Luntz, who conducted the focus group.

The US, like most of the international community, refuses to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and says the city’s status must be resolved in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The petition refers to a warning in February from Dr Jamie Shea, Nato’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, that Islamic State terrorists might inflitrate Europe posing as Syrian refugees. The billionaire candidate posted a series of Twitter messages following a chorus of criticism from politicians, including David Cameron, as well as the Metropolitan Police, which dismissed his additional claim that police officers in London feared for their lives in some supposedly “radicalised” London neighbourhoods.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said that they first heard of the cancellation via Trump’s tweet, and that his campaign had not informed them beforehand. Marc Zell, the co-chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel, said that there had been no pressure from the organisation, which represents Republican expatriates living in Israel, for Trump not to come. “He’s welcome to visit Israel, but I think it’s better that he didn’t come because his visit here would have been marred by a loud dissenting voice coming from all sectors of the population, including me,” Zell said. A source involved in planning the Trump visit – which as The Jerusalem Post first reported included the possibility of a visit to the Temple Mount – attributed the cancellation to the MKs’ petition calling on Netanyahu to cancel the meeting and lawmakers’ demands to bar Trump from entering the Knesset. Whites now make up a smaller proportion of Americans, meanwhile Republicans’ reliably pro-business economic platform has alienated voters who have seen their incomes fall as inequality surged.

Their political ideology spanned from strongly conservative (seven) to moderately conservative (17) to moderate (four) and who identified as one moderately liberal. Like the other Republican candidates, Trump, whose daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism, has long worked to portray himself as a strong supporter of Israel. She told the Guardian: ‘The more I looked at Donald Trump and the remarks he has made before entering the presidential race, the more my hackles were rising.

During the current campaign, Trump’s Republican rivals have questioned his foreign policy bona fides, suggesting he lacks the depth and diplomatic skill to tackle crises in the Mideast and elsewhere. This man is no longer a joke in the corner, but someone who is aiming to become leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world,” she said. ‘There are few things a person in my position can do against a person like that but make use of this country’s wonderful laws and procedures. Republicans, meanwhile, face a potentially much deeper change: they have to stop catering so exclusively to a core white, pro-business, often Christian mindset in order to grow the party in a less traditionally Christian, more ethnically diverse and economically unequal America. Trump has argued his vast experience brokering business deals qualifies him to negotiate with foreign leaders, and he has cited the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a prime example.

Since so much of US campaign politics revolves around symbols, rather than policy, there is a clash over what images and ideas Republicans should embrace today. This leaves Midwestern and Southern white Republican voters feeling embattled, and hence, more defiant towards the looming demographic and political changes. Since the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, and more recently in San Bernardino, California, Trump’s campaign has focused largely on concerns about national security, although he’s offered mostly vague details as to how to combat Islamic State, the extremist group the attackers pledged allegiance to.

Ahmad Majdalani, an aide to President Mahmoud Abbas, said Trump’s visit meant “nothing to us”. “We were happy that we weren’t on his visit agenda because he would add nothing to us, particularly after his statements against Muslims,” he said. The resulting power vacuum has been seen in the inability for the Republicans to field serious candidates that appeal both to the base and to the wider masses. David Cameron said his comments were “divisive, unhelpful, and quite simply wrong”, while London Mayor Boris Johnson said they rendered him “unfit to hold the office of the president of the United States”. The Republican power vacuum can be seen even in Congress, where House speaker John Boehner, frustrated in his efforts to bridge the wishes of the defiant Republicans (government shutdowns, Benghazi probes) with more moderate reps, found there was no immediate successor willing to jump into his place.

Moreover, he’s said he saw “thousands of people” cheering in New Jersey as the World Trade Center towers collapsed in the September 11 attacks — a claim debunked as false by local law enforcement and elected officials. A poll on the parliamentary website calling for his exclusion from the UK raced past the 100,000-signature threshold to be considered for debate in Parliament and looked set to top the current record of 446,482. With uncertainty about the future direction for the Republican Party, an internal civil war broke out – and the more extreme voices seem to be winning.

But polls taken in the US after the remarks were publicised showed a spike in support among Republican primary voters, with Trump on around 35% and as many as 20 points ahead of his main rivals. With less than two months until the first votes are cast in the 2016 nominating contests, Trump still has not ruled out a possible run as an independent should he not secure the Republican nomination. “If (Republicans) don’t treat me as the front-runner … if the playing field is not level, then certainly all options are open,” Trump told CNN on Wednesday. With the middle class shrinking and the incomes of white male workers stagnating, the sense of backlash towards incumbents is strong – something Bush family scion Jeb is learning. In this free-for-all of fear, the imagery of guns have a special appeal, harking back to frontier ideas of the rugged individual battling their way in an unforgiving environment.

Moreover, 14 of the 29 participants said they would back Trump’s third-party run if Senator Ted Cruz of Texas were the GOP nominee and Clinton was at the top of the Democratic ticket. Yet, at the University of Texas at Austin where some say prohibitions on carrying weapons endanger students, two guns rights groups are staging on Saturday what one organiser called a “fake mass shooting” to bring attention to their cause. “It’s a fake mass shooting, and we’ll use fake blood,” Matthew Short, a spokesman for the gun rights groups, Come and Take It Texas and, told the Austin-American Statesman. Now is the time to stand up, take a walk, speak out against the lies and put an end to the gun free killing zones.” “We want criminals to fear the public being armed,” he said. “An armed society is a polite society.” (Mr Short and other organisers of the event were not immediately available for further comment.) “Staging a mass shooting during an anxious time for students – finals week – not only breaks rules but shows real disrespect for the feelings of students, faculty and staff who don’t want to have guns around them in the first place, but will be forced to put up with guns in public places in 2016,” history professor Joan Neuberger, who helps lead Gun Free UT, a gun-control advocacy group, said. Bird said in a statement, pointing out that the Westboro Baptist Church has also been denied the right to stage events at the school. “If they do not, it becomes a criminal trespass matter. We suggest that any outside organisations planning such events on campus relocate them to other space where they would be allowed.” The mock mass shooting comes to Austin as the university struggles with the right of students to bear arms.

The Cocks not Glocks protest was a nod to the fact that the sex toys remained illegal on campus under existing obscenity laws, even as gun laws were being relaxed. In 1966, it was there that Charles Whitman, a 25-year-old architectural engineering major and ex-marine, gunned down 14 people from the campus’s tower in what may be the first mass shooting in modern memory. “The crime scene spanned the length of five city blocks … and covered the nerve centre of what was then a relatively small, quiet college town,” Pamela Colloff wrote in an oral history on the 40th anniversary of the tragedy. “Hundreds of students, professors, tourists, and store clerks witnessed the 96-minute killing spree as they crouched behind trees, hid under desks, took cover in stairwells, or, if they had been hit, played dead.”

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