UPDATE, JULY 9: A 10-minute interview with BBC Radio London on Sunday about the Trump visit to the UK and the protests.
Q: Are you surprised at all by the vitriol around this visit?
A: I’m not at all surprised. Remember the vitriol starts with Donald Trump, whether in his policies — the Muslim Ban, immigration, backing white supremacy — or in his speaking ill of us in the UK. He has talked about “no go zones”, referring to Muslims. He has said we are being overrun by terrorists. He has insulted not only Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, but also [Prime Minister] Theresa May.
So for people to respond with questions about his policies, about his behavior is not only predictable, it’s understandable….Donald Trump has not only dragged the office of the American President into disrepute, he’s dragged it into the mud, stomped on it, and will continue to do so. He’s done the same with American values and is threatening to do so with the American system.
I joined Alexis Conran and former MP Nick de Bois on talkRADIO on Saturday for our weekly 12-minute review of Donald Trump’s America.
First, we summarize and anticipate the legislative battle over the Trump Administration’s attempt to entrench the “right” Supreme Court by filling a vacancy with one of three candidates: “Conservative, Really Conservative, and Attila-the-Hun Conservative”.
Then it’s a debate over how to demonstrate opposition to Trump’s policies and behavior when he visits the UK from Thursday, after his showdown with NATO members in Brussels — it’s not just the Man-Baby Balloon (listen to separate podcasts) but a variety of approaches to encourage dialogue while pointing out that Emperor Donald Has No Clothes.