I’ve never been a fan of Theresa May’s politics, but when the time came to replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservative party, she seemed the best bet. And part of me was happy. A woman. We had another female leader; this was the first time in my life I’d been led by a woman, and for a while I was proud. We were making progress, I thought.
How wrong I was. Instead of progress we’re being led by at best a coward, at worst, a racist, sexist, Trump supporter.
Now is the time for the world to stand up against Trump. Now is the time we can’t afford not to. But instead Theresa May held the hand of this man, for all the world to see.
I am ashamed of you, Theresa May. Nobody should sit next to and discuss a ‘special relationship’ with this man. But as a woman part of me had the hope you would at least stand up for your own rights. But there, you failed.
You sat next to a man who thinks it’s acceptable to “grab women by the pussy.”
You sat next to a man who days earlier cut women’s reproductive rights.
You sat next to a man who is banning Muslims from entering the USA.
You sat next to a man who advocates torture.
You sat next to a man who denies the existence of climate change.
And you didn’t do what it was your duty to do.
By sitting next to him, by holding his hand and smiling politely while inviting him over for tea, you agreed with him. You said, I, and by extension, Britain, accepts this. You said you won’t stand up for the rights of women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+ and disabled people. You said that your ‘special relationship’ is more important than our rights.
And for that, I am appalled. Repulsed. Disgusted.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu.
Theresa May, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. You have chosen the side of Donald Trump. But you haven’t decided for Britain. We’re not just protesting to stop him anymore, Theresa. These nationwide protests are also to stop you from supporting his hate and oppression.
An online petition requesting for Donald Trump’s state visit to be cancelled, because his politics directly clash with British values has so far received over 1 million signatures. Leaders of other parties and MP’s from your own party are imploring you to see sense, to stop walking down the path you’re on hand in hand with him and turn around and go the other way.
This has to be debated. As the Prime Minister of a British democracy this is your duty. Listen to the public, listen to those who you’re supposed to represent, and start representing us instead of following your own agenda.
World leaders need to stand up to this man and prevent his terrifying actions. We need you to stand up for us, because we can’t do it alone. We can protest and sign petitions and rage, and trust me, we will. But you need to join us, and represent a country and a world united against hate.