Everyone is calling for President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK to be cancelled in the wake of his vile comments about London mayor Sadiq Khan. However, JK Rowling – oh she of Harry Potter fame – knows exactly what to do if he does set foot on British soil.
No, you’re not jumping the gun: the words “I have a cunning plan” are marching with confidence in this instance as unlike Blackadder’s hapless Baldrick, Rowling has every right to feel confident about her scheming – because it’s utterly brilliant.
Noting that Trump has been underwhelmed by mass protests before (see his response to the millions who took part in the global Women’s March if you don’t believe us), Rowling quickly determined that waving posters and placards at the politician wouldn’t have quite the desired effect.
Instead, the author has suggested that protesters force Trump to (metaphorically) eat his own words.
“Rather than crafting placards, I think we should enlarge Trump's London tweets so they're on camera everywhere he goes to ‘show support’,” she said, working on the assumption that he’d have to do a certain amount of backtracking.
She added: “I’d rather he didn’t come, but if he does, I’d like his vile tweets juxtaposed against whatever he’s been coaxed to read off an autocue.”
Clearly preferring to keep Rowling’s plan as a back-up, Khan has called upon the British government to cancel Trump’s visit.
Appearing on Channel 4 News earlier this week, the mayor: “I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for.”
Khan added: “When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong.
“There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”
Trump initially criticised Khan for his response to the London Bridge terrorist attack, tweeting: “At least seven dead and 48 wounded in [a] terror attack and [the] Mayor of London says ‘there is no reason to be alarmed’.”
In doing so, however, he misquoted Khan’s interview with the BBC on Sunday (4 May), in which he said: “My message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today. You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers.
“There is no reason to be alarmed by this. We are the safest global city in the world. You saw last night as a consequence of our planning, our preparation, the rehearsals that take place, the swift response from the emergency services tackling the terrorists and also helping the injured.”
Khan’s office pointed out Trump’s error later but the president responded by accusing London’s mayor of making a “pathetic excuse”.
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