Sadiq Khan, the newly elected Muslim mayor of London has decided to interject himself into the 2016 election by saying he will do everything in his power to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump in November.
Khan’s comments came in response to Trump saying that he would make an exception to Khan regarding his proposed Muslim ban if he’s elected president.
London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan Wednesday promised to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump in November’s presidential election — insisting the race for the White House was now “personal.”
Khan, the first Muslim leader of any major Western capital, said Clinton should use his mayoral campaign as a “template” because he had seen off a “Donald Trump approach” to elections in the U.K.
The London mayor, who insisted he was not a “Muslim leader or Muslim spokesperson,” said Trump’s proposed ban on anyone of Islamic faith entering the U.S. affected his own family because it would stop his teenage daughters visiting Disneyland.
In contrast, he said he would “love” to see a Clinton victory because he could not imagine a better role model for his 14-year-old and 16-year-old daughters.
Answering questions from international reporters in City Hall, central London, Khan blamed David Cameron for the Conservative campaign against him, which sought to link him to Islamist extremists. Khan claimed this amounted to suggesting his faith “was a hindrance” to his ability to do the job.
He said: “It was the Conservative Party whose campaign it was from the top.”
“I think what we’ve shown — and I hope it’s a lesson that Hillary and others in American take on board, hope does trump fear, forgive the pun,” Khan said.
The new mayor also revealed he plans to travel to the United States before the end of the year because of Trump’s pledge to introduce a “complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the country.
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