In the wake of President Donald Trump’s first official visit to the United Kingdom last week since becoming president, it’s worth noting that the president opted to cancel a trip to the country a little more than a year ago.
The president wasn’t popular with most Brits, in part for criticizing London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a deadly terrorist attack in the city. He was also unpopular for pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Nearly 2 million people signed a petition last year to oppose Trump making an official visit to the country. The White House ultimately decided to postpone the trip.
Before Trump’s travel plans were nixed, members of the British Parliament debated on whether the government should welcome Trump to the country.
There were plenty of Parliament members who stated their opposition to Trump’s visit, but one Parliament member made a case that politicians in the U.K. and this country should consider.
Nigel Evans, a conservative member of Parliament, urged his fellow lawmakers to respect the fact that the American people elected Trump as their president.
“For those who find it difficult to understand that the American people voted for Donald Trump, get over it because he’s president of the United States,” Evans said.
He urged those in Parliament to look closer at why people felt the need to vote for Trump.
“We can’t understand, some of us, how could you possibly vote for Brexit? How could you possibly vote for Donald Trump? And the fact is that the people have. Those were the forgotten people,” Evans said.
“Just like we had the forgotten people in United Kingdom, there are the forgotten people in the United States of America,” he added. “We may not like some of the things that he says, and I certainly don’t like some of the things that he’s said in the past, but I do respect the fact that he stood on a platform which he is now delivering.”
Evans noted that as unpopular as Trump is, he holds a distinction over a number of career politicians.
“He’s going to go down in history as being roundly condemned for being the only politician to deliver on his promises,” Evans said.
He also pointed out that those who call Trump racist are also, in turn, calling those who voted for him racist. And that’s not a way to treat the American people, Evans said.
“There were 61 million people who voted for Donald Trump. And when we stand up in this country and then condemn him for being racist — and I’ve seen no evidence of that; I have seen no evidence of him being racist — or that they attack him in an unseemly way, we’re actually attacking the American people, the 61 million people who voted for Donald Trump.”
The most vocal reaction to Evans’ comments came when he claimed he had seen no evidence of Trump being racist. Gasps and boos could be heard from some Parliament members.
But he continued with his comments, and pointed out that like him or not, Trump became president because the citizens of the United States voted him into office.
“If they wanted more of the same or the ‘usual stuff,’ well that was on the ballot paper,” Evans said. “But they decided by the majority of states in the Electoral College, as it works, that they wanted Donald Trump.”
As much as the media and those on the left love to paint everything the president does as wrong or evil, they fail to mention that the majority of people who voted Trump into office are happy with the job he’s doing and support him.
Maybe they don’t mention it because it drives them more crazy than the simple fact Trump became president in the first place.
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