Written by Kate Lonczak and Josh Cohen
On Monday, the British Parliament held a debate that quickly turned into a heated venting session on whether American presidential candidate Donald Trump should be banned from England.
The debate was announced after a petition to ban Trump from England for committing hate speech collected more than 574,000 signatures of British citizens, according to CNN's Tim Hume. Parliament only requires about 115,000 signatures to call a debate.
During the debate, Parliament members mainly criticized Trump's comments on Muslims—specifically, his proposal to ban Muslims from the United States. Fifty percent of Parliament was present during the debate that fostered many different opinions.
Despite the differing opinions throughout the debate, Parliament seemed to widely agree on the names used to describe Trump. The Republican candidate was called crazy, a buffoon, poisonous and even a "wazzock," which, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is British slang for a stupid or annoying person.
Paul Scully, a Member of Parliament, pointed out that England has never banned anyone for stupidity.
Although the forum did not culminate in a vote on the banishment of Trump, the majority of participating MPs reached a consensus that the ban would be inappropriate.
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The vast majority of Parliament disagrees with Trump's views and comments, but they believe banning the businessman-turned-politician would portray him as a victim. This, in turn, could potentially increase his following. Other MPs said the ban is a necessary and argue that it could help combat the risks Trump poses to the world.
Some of Parliament's members believe that even holding the debate at all was a mistake. The intention was to discuss whether Trump is a threat to the well-being of British citizens, but Parliament began to question their actions when they realized the event would continue to fuel Trump's publicity.
Trump has not yet responded to the debate held in England, though some MPs said the don't expect Trump will be too concerned with the forum.
Such anti-Trump sentiments aren't exclusive to the international community. Though the U.K. was the latest to consider prohibiting Trump from entering their country, two U.S. mayors have already contemplated banning the politician from states within the very country he hopes to run.
On Dec. 7, Mayor Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg, Florida, sent out a tweet saying he was banning Trump from the city. Kriseman's tweet was a reaction to Trump's comments on forbidding Muslims from coming into the U.S. Kriseman said he believed such a "ridiculous" statement needed an equally ridiculous response. Nonetheless, there are no plans to formally ban Trump from St. Petersburg.
I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.
— Rick Kriseman (@Kriseman) December 8, 2015
On Dec. 8, Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, held a press conference to discuss Trump's views on Muslims. According to NBC Philadelphia, Nutter stated that Trump is a threat to the "moral security" of the US and said that he would ban Trump from Philadelphia if he had the power.
Despite the whirlwind of discussion and controversy surrounding Trump's campaign, such bold statements against his person will likely not result in any actual bans, either abroad or at home. The U.S. politicians who have proposed bans realized they don't have the power to enforce them, and while British Prime Minister David Cameron has claimed Trump's Muslim bans are "divisive" in nature, he said is not in favor of banning Trump from entering the country.
Cameron did say that if Trump were to visit the UK, though, the country would likely unite against him.