As Donald Trump once again attacks Sadiq Khan in the wake of Saturday’s terrorist attack, we write an open letter to America’s ego-in-chief
STORY BY STUART MCGURK
Dear Donald, I see you’ve been tweeting about our Mayor Sadiq Khan again.
So, let me just say something on behalf of all Londoners: Go. To. Bed. Would. You. Please.
Granted, I know it must upset you, how he won his election by actually winning the most votes. That must be infuriating. In fact, Donald, he was elected with the largest personal mandate in British political history. Oh boy, that must sting, not least as someone who hasn’t won a popular vote.
Perhaps it enrages you that, when you were running for election, he called your views on Islam “ignorant”. You responded by challenging him to an IQ test. Aw, bless, you little dummy. You’re so ignorant you don’t know the meaning of the word ignorant, do you? Buddy, it’ll be a mystery to the ages how the stupidest man in America became its most powerful. But here we are.
Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the first time you’ve been willing to let the world burn because of a personal feud, would it? Hell, by all reports you withdrew from the Paris climate change agreement because of the French president’s handshake. Awww, did the bad French man shake Donald’s hand too hardy-wardy? So Donny go cry-cry and stamp-stamp on planet Earth?
Grow up, you ludicrous horror-toddler.
It’s hard to parse your tweets to Mr Khan yesterday and today, because it’s impossible to attack you with logic, isn’t it? You don’t play by those rules. You’re impervious. Like in horror movie The Blob, any attacks only make you more destructive.
But for this sake of this letter, let’s at least try.
The bodies of the victims were barely cold when you launched your first Twitter attack on our mayor. Yesterday, Khan told Londoners there would be more police on the streets, but that we should stay calm. This is what leaders do, Donald. They attempt to calm their people. It’s called terrorism, you see, because it only works if it makes people afraid. Our mayor acted like a statesman and a leader.
And what did you do? Because of your pathetic feud last year, you, the tantrum-in-chief, the largest ego in the free world, chose this point to mock him: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
One, surely even someone as monstrously stupid as you knew he was talking about the police presence. But what kind of leader tells people they should panic? I mean, really, how stupid are you?
But you didn’t stop there, did you Donald? No, because today you doubled down. You tweeted, “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!”
In what way did he “think fast” Donald? What do the media have to sell? The context was all there in the first part of his tweet. He’s changed his message not one bit.
Last year, this magazine rightly gave Khan our Politician of the Year award. In fact, GQ nailed its colours to Khan’s mast early. When Alastair Campbell interviewed him months before the election, we were so impressed with him, we called it right then and there: “The next mayor of London,” read the coverline.
And here’s what I bet annoys you the most about Khan, Donald. Beyond the fact he’s got more decency in his little finger that you have in your entire blancmange body, beyond the fact he’s popular, beyond the votes he got and the dignity he’s shown, it’s the fact he’s a Muslim mayor of one of the greatest cities on earth.
You see, Donald, Khan’s greatest weapon against the terrorists is not the brilliant anti-terror police that he, as London’s mayor, controls. But, rather, it’s himself. The fact that he made it. And the fact us Londoners – Londoners from every corner of the world, practicing every religion – love him.
Where you and your ilk seek to divide and ban – the very thing, you monstrous pea-brain, that causes terrorism in the first place, that sees young boys growing up angry, that sees young men on the internet taught to hate – Sadiq rising to be London’s mayor sends a message, not just to London, but to the world.
Sadiq speaks to London’s inclusiveness. We’re not perfect, no city is. But we try. He speaks to our resolve. And though he’s mentioned it so much at this stage to be something of a running joke, he reflects the idea in London that anyone can be anything, no matter your background, or connections. That, yes kids, it really is true: a bus-driver’s son can become the mayor.
You, I guess, having been born with a silver pitchfork in your mouth, wouldn’t know anything about that either.
Tonight, Donald, at 6pm, our Muslim mayor will lead a vigil for those who died in Saturday’s terrorist atrocity. He will be joined by senior Met officers, and Londoners of all descriptions and faiths. He will speak of resolve, of security and vigilance, but not of panic and not of hate. And maybe you should watch. Because, Donald, you might just see what a leader is supposed to look like.
And so, on behalf of the brilliant city I love, and one, for almost 20 years now, I’ve been lucky enough to call my home, let me say this to you, with all my heart, and as loud as I possibly can: back the f**k off our mayor.
Because us Londoners have got his back.