The countdown to US president Donald Trump’s visit to Britain has begun. He is due to arrive on Friday 13 July—around 50 days away—and must be met with mass protests.
Tory prime minister Theresa May extended the invitation. That’s despite Trump’s boasts of sexual assault, repeated racist remarks, vocal support for Israeli hardliners, anti-abortion bigots and much other disgusting behaviour.
And presumably she won’t care that last week he referred to undocumented migrants as “animals”.
The outburst came at a meeting with California sheriffs to discuss the state’s “sanctuary state” immigration policy.
“You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are,” Trump said. “These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.”
He later claimed he had been talking about a gang called MS-13.
Trump has previously referenced the gang in racist attempts to smear migrants from Latin America.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency website is full of examples of the agency targeting gang members.
What it doesn’t advertise so freely is the sharp increase in immigration audits of firms to check they are not employing undocumented migrants.
The checks have increased by 60 percent. Between 1 October 2017 and 1 May 2018, 3,510 investigations were opened.
In January ICE launched a series of checks on 100 franchises of the 7-Eleven grocery chain.
By the end of September the Homeland Security Investigations division of ICE expects to have carried out some 5,500 checks.
That’s triple the number for the same period last year—and is the result of the racism pushed by Trump. Every time he calls Mexicans “rapists”, or claims that Haitians coming to the US “all have Aids”, it legitimises the policies that kick people out.
Trump enjoys support from the far right in the US.
And racists around the world recognise that having one of their own in the White House strengthens the right everywhere.
It won’t come as much of a surprise that the infamous Israeli football team Beitar Jerusalem has decided to name itself after Trump.
The move came after Trump announced the US recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and moved the US embassy there.
Beitar Jerusalem has never signed an Arab player. After signing non-Arab Muslim players club offices have been torched and the players have faced a torrent of abuse from the team’s own fans.
In a statement the club said, “President Trump has shown courage and true love of the Israeli people and their capital.”
Hundreds of thousands on the street against Trump’s visit in towns across Britain will weaken the racists.