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'Roll back the red carpet for racist, misogynist Trump,' says Richard Leonard

SCOTLAND must shame Donald Trump for his “misogynist, racist and anti-trade union views” and roll back the “red carpet,” Richard Leonard declared yesterday.

The Scottish Labour leader was speaking prior to today’s announcement of demonstrations against the US president’s visit to Britain in Glasgow and Edinburgh on July 13 and 14.

Mr Leonard said: “There is understandable anger at the prospect of Donald Trump coming to Scotland and a strong desire across the country to show that he is not welcome here.

“Someone who holds such misogynist, racist and anti-trade union views and withdraws the US from the Paris Climate Change Agreement, should not be given the ‘red carpet’ treatment.”

Mr Trump has made great play of his Caledonian heritage. His companies controversially developed vast swathes of land in Scotland into golf resorts prior to his political career.

But Scotland United Against Trump’s Kirsty Haigh said the new campaign would aim to show “that his politics are not welcome here” through “a rally in Glasgow and national demonstration and festival in Edinburgh.”

The campaign has the support of Labour, the Greens, SNP and the Scottish TUC.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said: “The president’s approach threatens international co-operation on key issues like climate change and it is our job to show that we will not be put off our efforts by his opposition.”

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie added: “Scotland has seen the bullying, arrogant and delusional side of Donald Trump long before his election.

“We should unite to show him he’s unwelcome and demand that the UK government stops treating this dangerous man as though his politics are legitimate.”

Conrad Landin is Morning Star Scotland editor.

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