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100,000 sign petition to ban Donald Trump from Britain after Muslim comments.

Donald Trump’s excuse for his latest offensive idea, to ban all Muslims from the country, is the same one he used when he insulted Mexican immigrants, women, and prisoners of war: People are just being too “politically correct.” “I wrote something today that I think is very, very salient, very important and probably not politically correct, but I don’t care,” he told supporters at his rally in South Carolina on Monday night after releasing a policy statement about barring an entire religious group. CAIRO — A major Middle Eastern retailer has pulled all Trump-branded homeware products after the GOP frontrunner called for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States. “As one of the most popular home decor brands in the Middle East, Lifestyle values and respects the sentiments of all its customers,” Sachin Mundhwa, CEO of chain Lifestyle, said in a statement on Wednesday. “In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate [Donald Trump] in the U.S. media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home décor range.” Products such as Trump Home Lotion Dispenser, Trump Home Decorative Table and the Trump Home Basic Jewelry Box were no longer available for sale on Lifestyle’s parent compant Landmark Shops’ website on Wednesday.Donald Trump’s suggested ban on all Muslims entering the US would cost the country as much as $18.4billion (£12.2billion) in tourism spend, new research has shown. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to a supporter at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015. © Randall Hill / Reuters More than 100,000 Britons have signed a petition calling for US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be banned from the UK.

So while Trump is asserting his right to free speech, he is at the same time calling into question the listener’s right to complain about what he’s saying. “It’s a verbal jiu-jitsu,” said Derald Sue, a psychology professor at Columbia University. “When you say, ‘I have no time to be politically correct’ what you are doing is turning the tables on the person raising a legitimate issue. Trump’s remarks were made in the wake of a mass shooting at a Californian care home, carried out by two Muslims who the FBI say had been radicalized. “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” he said. But as I watched Trump propose a plan to halt the entry of all Muslims into the country and receive hearty cheers of approval from a campaign crowd, it no longer seemed especially amusing.

Roosevelt, who imprisoned over 110,000 people in government camps after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. “If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behavior’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.” Prime Minister David Cameron criticized the remarks, saying it was “wrong” to question the ability of London’s police. William Safire, in a 1991 New York Times column, deconstructed the term: “The phrase began as an assertion by liberal (progressive, concerned) activists and then was turned into an attack phrase by conservative (right-wing, heartless) passivists.” That same year, President George H.W.

Cameron called Trump’s proposed Muslim ban “divisive.” Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the Republican frontrunner’s comments were “ill-informed” and “complete and utter nonsense.” He said the remarks were an insult to “London’s proud history of tolerance and diversity.” “We would not normally dignify such comments with a response, however on this occasion we think it’s important to state to Londoners that Mr Trump could not be more wrong.” Bush, in his commencement speech at the University of Michigan, used the term to describe an assault on free speech. “The notion of political correctness has ignited controversy across the land,” he said. “And although the movement arises from the laudable desire to sweep away the debris of racism and sexism and hatred, it replaces old prejudice with new ones. Trump.” Al Habtoor is the chairman of United Arab Emirates-based conglomerate Al Habtoor Group, which built Dubai’s airport and owns Aston Martin and Bentley dealerships and luxury hotels throughout the region. It declares certain topics off-limits, certain expressions off-limits, even certain gestures off-limits.” That sentiment has been festering within the political right for almost three decades.

Max Boot, a right-leaning fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations went on Twitter to say that “ Trump is a fascist.” Jeb Bush’s national security advisor, John Noonan, chimed in and characterized Trump’s ideas as fascism. “Nothing else to call it,” he tweeted. Even some conservatives who disagree with the substance of Trump’s speech, will evoke the famous quote from a biography of Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Others find refreshing his ability to speak freely without consequence.

It tells the offended person or group that they have no right to express their feelings, shutting down any further discussion and putting them immediately on the defensive. “I think with political correctness, in the world of Donald Trump it’s used to bully people out,” said Peter Smagorinsky, University of Georgia linguist professor. And, while the anti-political correctness rhetoric is nothing new in GOP politics, Trump’s cavalier attitude toward blatantly hateful speech has intensified it. “So many “politically correct” fools in our country. It’s only way 2 defeat political correctness.” And another in July who wrote, “Glad U R Man Enough 2 Speak the Truth in this Pathetic Politically Correct World.” Matthew Woessner, a political science professor at Penn State University, Harrisburg, is among those who believe that people, especially on college campuses, have taken concerns over offensive language to an extreme.

Woessner said all too often people on the left will label someone a racist or sexist who makes “a nuanced and respectable policy argument.” But he said on the right people are too quick to label criticisms as political correctness. “We have to get away from labeling the opposition and get to the substance,” he said. “[Trump] is damaging our political discourse, rather than defending on merits, he thinks [attacking political correctness] will give him a free pass. Still, his appeals to hypernationalism, his scapegoating of ethnic groups, his fear-driven appeals to disgruntled working-class voters and his presentation of himself as the strong man who can fix every problem through the force of his will all have echoes of fascist political leaders of the past. This definition, he says is counter to the American values that entitle everyone to voice their own beliefs, regardless of how mean-spirited. “People who charge ‘PC’ are saying they are entitled to express whatever they are thinking with no fear of punishment,” he said. “I think this explains why even people who dislike Donald Trump support his most outlandish comments, because they revel in his exercise of the American value of free speech.” The paradox is that when those who are offended by Trump continue to push back and express outrage, they boost his support by giving credence to his claim that First Amendment rights are at stake. “In that way, the use of the term “political correctness” provokes a response that makes it seem as if people like Donald Trump are actually being courageous with their words,” Meg Mott, professor of politics at Marlboro College in Vermont, said. “They aren’t.” And he has clearly learned that many people will accept a leader’s Big Lie — or at least his constant fibs and fantasies — as long as he never backs down and is able to counterattack against the liberal news media or “weak” rivals who are part of a corrupt party establishment. Some observers — the ones who have been mistakenly predicting Trump’s political demise for six months — are saying he may have finally gone too far.

One — the usually insightful Rachel Maddow on MSNBC — weirdly speculated that Trump may be intentionally trying to run his own campaign off a cliff before inevitable failure in the primaries proves too great a blow for his massive ego. On her own Fox show, Megyn Kelly — who has no great love of Trump after the insulting comments he directed at her during and after the first Republican debate last summer — spent more time excoriating the mainstream media for giving Trump hours and hours of free air time than she did criticizing Trump himself. My prediction (in this year when all predictions are a fool’s game) is that Trump will not be hurt and might actually gain if he becomes a target at next week’s GOP debate in Las Vegas.

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