In this CNN interview conducted by Christiane Amanpour, London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan talks about Donald’s Trump proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., and what that symbolizes.
Amanpour asks the mayor what he thinks about Trump making an exception for him. “I’m not exceptional,” he shot back. “So for Donald Trump to say, ‘Oh, but Mayor Khan can be allowed, but not the rest,’ is ridiculous. The point is it’s not just about me. It’s about the message it sends from, you know, the greatest country in the world. I mean, what is the story of America…? I think Donald Trump doesn’t get the history of America.”
Khan continues, “It is possible to be a Muslim and to live in the West. It is possible to be a Muslim and to love America. By giving the impression that Islam and the West are incompatible, you are playing into the hands of the extremists. Imagine that America has a sign saying no Muslims: What message does that send to Muslims around the world?”