Donald Trump’s Feuds Now Span the Atlantic

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Let’s be fair at the outset. British PM David Cameron has called Donald Trump’s Muslim ban proposal “divisive, stupid and wrong.” On Monday, a spokesman confirmed that Cameron stood by his comments. At the same time, newly elected London mayor Sadiq Khan said Trump’s views were “ignorant, divisive and dangerous.”

So: stupid, ignorant, dangerous, wrong, and divisive x 2. You have to figure that Trump won’t let that stand. You’d be right:

Asked about Cameron’s remarks, Trump said he didn’t care, but then added, “It looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship. Who knows, I hope to have a good relationship with him but it sounds like he’s not willing to address the problem either.”

He continued: “Number one, I’m not stupid, okay? I can tell you that right now. Just the opposite. Number two, in terms of divisive, I don’t think I’m a divisive person, I’m a unifier, unlike our president now, I’m a unifier.

….Trump also had words for Sadiq Khan, who became the first Muslim to hold the office of mayor of London when he was elected earlier this month….”Let’s take an I.Q. test,” Trump said Monday, adding that Khan had never met him and “doesn’t know what I’m all about.”

“I think they’re very rude statements and frankly, tell him, I will remember those statements. They’re very nasty statements.”

I recommend the Wonderlic test. It’s nice and short, and will also provide some idea of which man would make a better NFL quarterback.

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