Donald Trump has continued to hit back against UK critics of his stand against Islam, saying Britain had “a massive Muslim problem”.
After prompting outrage with his claims about race relations in the UK, Trump tweeted on Thursday night that more Muslims joined Islamic State than signed up for the British army.
“In Britain, more Muslims join ISIS than join the British army,” he said in the tweet, drawing on an article about Isis in the National Review which in turn quoted from a Times news report from August 2014.
On Wednesday, Trump attracted a political backlash in Britain when he claimed there were parts of London so radicalised that police officers feared for their lives. The comments were rejected by Downing Street, which said they were “totally inaccurate”, and the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who said they were “utter nonsense”.
The Scottish government has dropped Trump from his role as a business ambassador, and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen has stripped him of his honorary degree.
The petition become the most popular ever campaign on the UK government’s website on Thursday, beating the previous record of 446,482.
Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, a eurosceptic, anti-immigration party, has described Trump’s call to ban Muslims from the US as a “political mistake too far”. But Hopkins said of UKIP in her Fox interview: “60% of their membership are right behind Donald Trump as well.”
Right-wing American pundit Ann Coulter was involved in a heated battle of words with host Piers Morgan when she appeared as a guest on today’s episode of Good Morning Britain. Coulter, an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, has in recent days has been criticised after cheering Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US. On Twitter, where she has more than 700,000 followers, she described Trump’s anti-Muslim stance as ‘my best birthday gift.’
Appearing via satellite link on Good Morning Britain with hosts Morgan and Susanna Reid, Coulter vigorously defended her views while also suggesting that mentally ill people and criminals should be prevented from entering the US: “Why does our country need them? … Welfare is for Americans.”
Morgan appeared increasingly incensed as the interview progressed, before eventually cutting her off with the suggestion: “Maybe it would be slightly more helpful to deport you Ann Coulter?” Viewers of Twitter were largely supportive of Morgan.