Dec 10, 2015 · 3 minutes

The UK parliament’s official petition website crashed yesterday under the weight of people calling for the country to ban Donald Trump from entry. allows all US citizens and residents to create and sign petitions, with a government response promised for any petitions which reach 10,000 signatures. If 100,000 signatures are received then the government promises to consider the issue for debate in parliament.

At the time of writing, the Trump petition stands at 440,726 signatures. According to the Independent newspaper, the site was unavailable for around 20 minutes on Wednesday morning due to an overwhelming amount of traffic.

The text of the petition reads:

The signatories believe Donald J Trump should be banned from UK entry.

The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK.  

If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the 'unacceptable behaviour' criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.

According to the UK Home Office, Americans previously banned from entering the UK under the “unacceptable behavior” criteria include conservative radio host Michael Savage, former Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper, Muslim American activist, Abdul Alim Musa, American Israeli “militant” Mike Guzovsky, and white supremacists Erich Gliebe and Don Black.

The petition follows Trump’s comments that London is "so radicalized the police are afraid for their lives." In response, London mayor, Boris Johnson attacked Trump’s “stupefying ignorance that makes him frankly unfit to hold the office of president of the United States.” Johnson, who was born in New York and holds joint UK/US citizenship, added: ““I would invite him to come and see the whole of London and take him round the city, except I wouldn’t want to expose any Londoners to any unnecessary risk of meeting Donald Trump."

The Trump petition is currently the third most popular petition ever published on the UK parliament website, although looks set to beat the record in the next few hours. Ironically, the two more popular ones are opposing calls for more and less immigration into the country.

Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK. (446,260 signatures)

Stop all immigration and close the UK borders until ISIS is defeated. (443,165 signatures)

Meanwhile, as the petition continued to gather steam, the Guardian newspaper reports that Donald Trump attended a New York fundraiser for Sinn Fein in 1995, four months before the IRA detonated a deadly truck bomb in London.

Sinn Fein is widely understood to be the political wing of the IRA and its leader, Gerry Adams, was believed to be an IRA member, a claim he has always denied. As many as 1,800 people were reported to have been killed by the IRA in Northern Ireland and the British mainland between 1969 and 1997.

Here’s a photograph of Trump shaking hands with Gerry Adams…

And here’s another one...

Perhaps that's what Trump meant when he told a crowd of supporters last month that he could "predict" terrorism...

"The other thing I predicted is terrorism... a friend of mind called me and said '[Y]ou're the first guy that really predicted terrorism.'"


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