THE London Mayor is in his element. As Donald Trump arrives in Britain for his state visit, Sadiq Khan has seized the chance to grab publicity and parade his political virtue by condemning the US President.
Full of phoney outrage, he compared Trump to “the fascists of the 20th century”, claiming that right-wing leaders like him “attack the fundamental pillars of a healthy democracy.”
4 Sadiq Khan holds a placard criticising Trump and saying ‘Only weak men fear strong women’Credit: Elle
In an unprompted attack in a front page newspaper interview, Khan fired the first salvo just to burnish his own credentials.
Let’s not forget that Trump is here on the invitation of the Queen to honour our D-Day heroes on the 75th anniversary of the landings.
In a further series of self-righteous tweets, Khan pompously declared that “history teaches us the danger of being afraid to speak truth to power.”
Trump, who relishes his spats on Twitter, predictably gave Khan a vigorous response – describing the London Mayor as “foolishly nasty”, “dumb and incompetent” and “a stone cold loser who should focus on crime”.
Trump was absolutely right.
Sadiq Khan is one of Britain’s least impressive front-rank politicians, with a craving for attention that is matched only by his epic incompetence.
Yet the loud-mouthed municipal keyboard warrior will have welcomed the US President’s robust criticism.
The more that Trump denounces him, the more that Khan gains street cred with the metropolitan chattering classes and the anti-American student radicals.
The London Mayor is like a left-wing troll, spreading his clickbait to get a reaction so that he increases his army of right-on followers.
Unlike running the capital efficiently – a task which has proved beyond him – having a pop at Trump requires no effort.
4 Trump meets the Queen earlier today at Buckingham PalaceCredit: Splash News
Khan is a prize hypocrite
The US President, who serves as the global pantomime villain of left-wing propaganda, is the easiest of targets.
Contrary to Khan’s pathetic boasts about speaking “truth to power”, there is not a shred of courage required to denounce Trump.
It is nothing more than a cost-free exercise in mouthing the fashionable slogans that echo throughout the chamber of politically correct thought in progressive Britain.
On top of his cowardly vanity, Khan is also a prize hypocrite. He wails that Trump is “threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms and values that have defined our liberal, democratic societies.”
While Trump is far from perfect, no-one threatens democracy in Britain more dangerously than the fanatical Remainers like Khan, who want to overturn the 2016 Referendum result, ignore the will of the people, and keep our country under the rule of an unelected, unaccountable foreign cabal.
When it comes to anti-democratic authoritarianism and contempt for the ballot box, the die-hard pro-EU brigade is difficult to beat.
While some of Trump’s rhetoric and politics might not be to everyone’s taste – but with his support for Brexit, Trump is far more in tune with the British majority than are Khan and his anti-independence subversives.
Khan’s hypocrisy also shines through his endless shrieking about Trump’s connivance with racism.
Yet the London Mayor is a key Labour figure whose party is currently drowning in a swamp of antisemitism.
So serious is the problem that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission has even launched an investigation.
The only other party that has ever been the subject of such an official inquiry is the notorious British National Party under Nick Griffin, a fact that makes a mockery of all Khan’s moral superiority.
International statesman? His record is dismal
Just as absurd are Khan’s delusions of grandeur. With typical arrogance, he likes to see himself as a global statesman and international celebrity.
But his record of achievement is dismal. In contrast to Trump, who had a tough but massively successful career in business, Khan is a mediocre political apparatchik.
Before he entered Parliament for Tooting in 2005, he was the worst kind of right-on parasite: a human rights lawyer.
Similarly, for all the hysterical abuse he endures, Trump has been a highly effective US President, creating a booming economy with record low unemployment.
Ethnic minorities, especially American blacks and Hispanics, have benefited enormously from Trump’s economic leadership.
In contrast, Sadiq Khan has been a disaster when it comes to fighting crime, which should be the top priority of his Mayoralty.
4 Donald Trump and Melania are seen at Westminster Abbey todayCredit: Reuters
In a typically sanctimonious but ineffectual move, he recently declared that knife crime in London should be treated as a “public health issue”, as if violence is a form of contagion.
Again, for all his pose as a champion of minorities, it is blacks in London who are the victims of the lawlessness sweeping the capital.
Trump has succeeded on the US economy partly because of tax cuts, deregulation and reductions in federal bureaucracy.
Khan has moved in precisely the opposite direction, increasing the burdens of the state.
One recent report estimated that he has expanded the number of officials by 27 per cent since he came to power, while the staff bill of Transport for London went up by 18 per cent last year, with the average salary now reaching an incredible 18 per cent.Trump as peacekeeper
In further contradiction of Khan’s bleats, while Trump might love a Twitter dust -up, he does not thrive on conflict.
He is far less of a war-monger than any of his recent predecessors or indeed Khan’s own former leader Tony Blair.
It is Trump who has vastly reduced nuclear tensions with North Korea and presided over greater stability in the Middle East, in preference to the previous liberal insanity of propping up the Islamist rebels in Syria.
4 Leo McKinstry says Trump is less of a war-monger than any of his recent predecessorsCredit: Getty – Pool
But Khan, in his own municipal patch, has done little to stop the appalling growth of violent crime.Trump is an s why the charge of collusion with Russia was such nonsense – as the long investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller proved.
It is also why Trump believes in sovereignty and strong immigration controls, reflected in his controversial determination to build a wall on America’s southern border with Mexico, where there is a real migration crisis at present.
But the concepts of nationhood, national identity and national pride are all an anathema to left-wingers like Khan.
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Despite the current influx of new arrivals to Britain running at more than 600,000-a-year, Khan wrote last year that “we need a system that makes it easier – not harder – to bring in the people from around the world who can help to grow our economy.”
And he added that “immigration and free movement have been only good things,” an assertion that is contradicted by all the evidence of over-stretched public services, rising crime, soaring welfare bills, and the loss of social solidarity.
As so often, Khan is living with a delusion fuelled by ideology. It is the ‘enemy’ Trump who has the far firmer grasp on reality.
President Donald Trump in the UK for the state visit