‘Evil racist’: how the UK reacted to Trump’s Theresa May Twitter attack (Guardian U.S.)

‘Evil racist’: how the UK reacted to Trump’s Theresa May Twitter attack


Britain woke up on Thursday morning to find the British-American special relationship under threat after Donald Trump launched a scathing overnight attack on Theresa May, dismissively telling her not to criticise him.

The president’s public outburst was a response to Downing Street’s earlier statement calling him out for retweeting videos from far-right group Britain First, which the prime minister’s spokesman said used “hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions”.

The US president responded in a tweet on Wednesday evening:

Donald J. Trump

.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!

November 30, 2017

British politicians, including senior members of May’s government, were quick to respond. Sajid Javid, the secretary of state for communities and local government, had criticised Trump’s initial tweet.

Sajid Javid

So POTUS has endorsed the views of a vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me and people like me. He is wrong and I refuse to let it go and say nothing

November 29, 2017

Fellow Conservatives echoed his views. George Freeman responded:

George Freeman MP

Well said Saj. This is a sad & low moment for the West, & AngloAmerican relations, which betrays a deep ignorance of the very real challenges of tackling the insidious rise of extremism and prejudice that threatens us all. http://bit.ly/2inqX3X

November 30, 2017

The Tory MP for Romsey and Southampton North, Caroline Nokes, tweeted that she was “Proud to stand with Javid” on the issue.

The Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, described Trump as an “evil racist” in a tweet, urging May that she to should end a “humiliating dependence of #Brexit Britain on goodwill of evil racist. Cancel visit.”

Vince Cable

New @realDonaldTrump insult to @theresa_may. She must end humiliating dependence of #Brexit Britain on goodwill of evil racist. Cancel visit

November 30, 2017

The UK’s former transport secretary, Andrew Adonis, said he could not think of “a more insulting or destructive public communication from a US president to a British PM since the American civil war”. May should summon the American ambassador to London, he added.

Andrew Adonis

I hope the Prime Minister will now summon the United States Ambassador and tell him the President’s statements are unacceptable. I cannot think of a more insulting or destructive public communication from a US President to a British PM since the American civil war!

November 30, 2017

The director of communications for May’s Conservative party, Carrie Symonds, was not impressed either, pointing out that Trump had first used the wrong Twitter handle for May. “And that’s just the start,” she said.

Carrie Symonds

Wrong twitter handle. And that’s just the start http://pic.twitter.com/Vzw3mA905v

November 30, 2017

British MPs queued up to suggest that Trump’s planned state visit to the UK should be cancelled. The Labour MP for Rhonda Chris Bryant tweeted:

Chris Bryant

Trump has now deliberately and knowingly lined himself up behind the fascist group Britain First. He is not welcome.

November 30, 2017

Matthew Pennycock MP said:

Matthew Pennycook MP

Enough is enough. Trump was offered a state visit with unseemly haste. After the events of the past 24 hours the idea it can go ahead is preposterous. The Prime Minister must cancel it. Simple as that.

November 30, 2017

John Woodcock MP described Trump as “an unedifying disgrace” who “diminishes his great office”.

The Conservative MP Hugo Swire suggested that Trump might face a tough time with the public if he does come to the UK, tweeting:

Hugo Swire

Think when Trump comes over, if he does come over, he should get to meet some of the locals!

November 30, 2017

On Thursday morning, the prime minister’s office said it would not yet respond to Trump’s tweet directed at May, but that it stood by its earlier statement calling him out for retweeting Britain First. May’s spokesman also made clear Trump’s planned state visit to London still stood, although pressure was growing for her to rescind the invite.

Meral Hussein-Ece, a Liberal Democrat peer, summed up what appeared to be many people’s feelings on the issue:

Baroness Hussein-Ece

So this is the ‘Special Relationship’ between US & UK? – involves promoting UK facist hate groups, then telling UK PM where to go when she offers the mildest of rebukes?

November 30, 2017

Brendan Cox, the widower of the former Labour MP Jo Cox whose killer shouted “Britain first” before he shot and stabbed her, called on Trump to take his own advice to May and focus on US domestic problems:

Brendan Cox

You have a mass shooting every single day in your country, your murder rate is many times that of the UK, your healthcare system is a disgrace, you can’t pass anything through a congress that you control. I would focus on that. http://bit.ly/2ir6Kug

November 30, 2017

In the US, a member of Trump’s party, Senator Orrin Hatch, the second-highest-ranking official of the Senate, also appeared to rally to May’s defence, calling her “one of the great world leaders”.

Hatch met May last week to discuss security threats.

Senator Hatch Office

“PM @theresa_may is one of the great world leaders, I have incredible love and respect for her and for the way she leads the United Kingdom, especially in the face of turbulence.” -OGH

(Photo: Hatch at 10 Downing Street last Tuesday) http://pic.twitter.com/KQoH2LoRe9

November 30, 2017

The Twitter spat, though, might provide an unexpected boost to May’s faltering popularity at home.


Me: I hate Theresa May
[Trump attacks Theresa May]

November 30, 2017


via Guardian U.S. http://bit.ly/2szDb9W

November 30, 2017 at 02:21AM