More than a million Britons want Donald Trump nowhere near the Queen of England — as long as his travel ban exists.
A petition on a Parliament website stops short of demanding a President Trump ban but a growing number of signatures want to prevent him from meeting the Royal Family during a proposed state visit slated for this year.
“He should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen,” petitioner Graham Guest writes.
He says Trump’s “well documented misogyny and vulgarity” makes him unfit to “bask in the Queen’s reflective glory,” he told the Independent.
The petition had already garnered enough votes for a floor debate and a response from Downing Street when it exploded in popularity, snagging more than a million votes as the world sneered at Trump’s executive order.
It is limited to UK residents but petition data shows at least 5,000 signatures pouring in from the United States and 26 from Iran, one of the seven predominantly Muslim countries slapped with travel restrictions on Friday.
UK officials said on Monday that the government would not turn away the President even as the Labor Party called on Prime Minister Theresa May to condemn Trump’s decree banning refugees and visa holders from the banned nations.
May said Trump’s planned visit is “substantially in the national interest,” according to the Guardian.
Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn urged May to reconsider her invite and join Germany and France in condemning Trump’s controversial travel restrictions.
“We will not back down, cancel state visit and condemn the #Muslimban,” Corbyn tweeted.
Another member of Parliament, Ed Miliband, said he would seek to debate the White House order and “send out united message against this abhorrent policy.”
No date has been set for Trump’s UK trip.
Buckingham Palace did not immediately comment on the petition and Trump’s pending visit, according to local reports.
London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, railed against a possible Trump visit for the U.S. government’s role in detaining more than a hundred foreigners and deporting a handful on Saturday.
“I am quite clear, this ban is cruel, this ban is shameful, while this ban is [in] place we should not be rolling out the red carpet for President Trump,” Khan told Sky News.