A petition to ban the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, from visiting Queen Elizabeth II in the UK has now reached 200,000 signatures after only a few hours – the quickest petition to reach over 100,000 votes in recent history.
It exists in response to President Trump’s recent Executive Order, which acts directly in barring Muslims and other individuals born in specific, listed countries – including Syria “indefinitely”. The news was condemned around the world last night, with thousands of Americans protesting in national airports, including New York’s JFK and the LAX.
Democrat and Republican politicians also joined the condemnation, as well as a number of global leaders, including Canada’s Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary of UK Boris Johnson.
The petition is hosted on the official government page, requiring a consideration for a parliamentary vote.
Graham Guest, the creator of the petition, wrote:
Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.
He then added:
Donald Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.
At the time of writing, the petition has 208,000 signatures, and is rising at a rate of 1000 signatures per minute.
In early 2016, another UK petition was created attempting to ban the then-candidate from the country. This quickly amassed one million votes, however the call was rejected following a parliamentary debate.