If Donald Trump has been good for anything since he began his presidential campaign this past June, it was for a laugh. That is, until, Trump took things a bit too far a week and a bit ago, and now Canadians are responding in kind.
In the comfort of Canada, it's been pretty easy to view the ongoing presidential election process, and the many insane comments made by Trump since he began his campaign this past June, as something of a real-world comedy, an entertaining show that won't really affect us Canadians.
But Trump stopped being funny last week, when at a campaign rally in Charleston, South Carolina, the would-be American president released a statement "calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," using potential terrorist acts as his justification.
Trump's "ban all Muslims" is entirely based on harmful stereotypes, prejudices, and is fear-mongering in its purest form, but that hasn't stopped scores of American Trump-supporters agreeing with the idea. Scarier still, a recent poll has shown that Trump has 41% support nationally, giving him the most popular support for the Republican presidential nomination.
Thankfully, more level-headed Americans don't feel the same way, deeming Trump's comments on Muslims as hate speech (it is), with citizens of other countries responding in kind.
Not happy with simply criticizing Trump, a petition has been created in the United Kingdom which seeks to ban the would-be president from the country entirely. Currently boasting 559,149 signatures, the petition is centered on the fact that the UK has banned individuals in the past for hate speech, and the same should be done to Donald Trump.
Seemingly inspired by the UK anti-Trump petition, Matthew Carroll has created a Canadian parallel. Addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, and Canada's Border Services Agency, Carroll's petition is striving for a lifetime ban on Donald Trump, ensuring he could never enter the country.
The petition's short description states that "Canada should ban Donald Trump from entering Canada and spreading his hate-mongering. For life." Another very valid point is made by the petition as as well, one that directly applies to large segments of Canadian citizens: if Trump's Muslim ban is enacted, it "could prevent over a million Muslim Canadians from crossing the border."
As of now, the petition has 14, 896 signatures out of a desired 15,000. You could help push it over the mark. It is worth noting, however, that the number of signatures on a petition in Canada doesn't carry the same weight as it does in the UK, but that doesn't mean your signature won't showcase how Canadians feel about Trump to the nation's leaders.
Propaganda, hate speech, and fear-mongering are definitely reasons enough to sign the "Keep Donald Trump Out Of Canada" petition, but there's plenty of other points to add to the list. If you haven't been following the presidential election, here's a sparknotes rundown of some of the insane stuff that has been attached to Trump's ongoing campaign.
- Trump wants to have a wall on the southern American border, with "a big fat door where people can come into the country, but they have to come in legally.”
- Trump has called all Mexicans rapists, commenting how "when Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best...They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people."
- Trump uploaded a letter from his doctor which stated that his is the healthiest prospective president, ever, in no small part due to the fact that he's apparently never consumed alcohol. Except he has, many times.
- Trump is a pretty blatant misogynist, often commenting on the physical attributes of other presidential candidates and women in general, and openly stating he believes Rosie O'Donnell to be a "fat pig" and a "slob."
- Trump believes Global Warming is just a creation of the media, openly calling climate change "the Global Warming Hoax" created "by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
- Trump is anti-abortion, and is in favour of cutting the federal funding of Planned Parenthood programs.
- Trump thinks guns are the answer, believing that, in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting , the victims "could've protected themselves if they had guns"
The list could go on, and granted, sometimes Trump has made some pretty legitimate comments, at least when it comes to how other presidential candidates are paid-for by corporations who essentially have them in their pockets. But the somewhat astute is overshadowed by the completely awful (as it should be), which is why the ban-Trump Canadian petition was created.
Of course, you should really get your own handle on the issue before you sign anything, like any politically conscious citizen. The Wikipedia page on Trump's presidential election is pretty darn thorough, and will provide tons of information if you need a resource.
And after reading, if you decide you don't want Trump in Canada, head to the petition here.