The Mayor of London’s recent remarks about Barack Obama are causing him more problems than he likely expected. During a rant about the president’s suggestion that the U.K. not leave the European Union, Boris Johnson ripped into the president for his decision to remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office:
“Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.”
This incident provided us with a macabre ability to feel relieved that other countries have their “Tea Parties,” as well. In the United Kingdom, such a group would be the Tories. The remark was widely condemned as racist, with Labour leaders condemning Johnson’s “dog whistle” remark. In fact, he was directly compared to the Tea Party:
Fellow Labour frontbencher Diane Abbott said that what Mr. Johnson had written was “offensive” and echoed words used by the “Tea Party” right-wing tendency in the US.
Former Lib. Dem. leader Lord Campbell added that Mr. Johnson’s comments were “an unacceptable smear”, adding: “If this is an illustration of the kind of diplomacy that we might expect from a Johnson leadership of the Tory Party then heaven help us.”
Now, college students are standing up and refusing to allow the racist mayor to get away with his bigoted rhetoric. Right-wing lie-factory Breitbart complains that “Safe Space Stalinists” and “footsoldiers of orthodoxy and conformism” at King’s College are PC-ing up the place. In fact, they talked it over and decided that they don’t want him stinking up their campus. In an email canceling the mayor’s plans to speak to a group of students called King’s Think Tank, informed Johnson:
“The level of discourse over the past few days does not meet the bar we set for these events nor do we feel does it help the British people in making the most momentous decision of our lifetime.”
“Furthermore,” they added, “we believe it does not reflect the true greatness of the United Kingdom, a land of tolerance, respect and fair play towards all”.
“Given your inappropriate comments and inferences towards President Obama’s Kenyan heritage, of which he is rightly proud, and your general tone of disrespect over the past few days in retaliation to the President of the United States of America,” the students said, “we are now formally withdrawing your invitation to speak at Kings College London.”
Johnson seems to have made the same mistake as Republicans in our country often do: he assumed that because he hates the president and his skin color, the rest of the world feels the same way. Unfortunately for Johnson, he just received a lesson in how much people all across the globe adore the truly great man who currently occupies the Oval Office.