Heat turned up on Republican candidate
Trump’s double snub from Scotland in muslim row
Donald Trump has been stripped of his role as a GlobalScot and has also lost his honorary doctorate in a robust reaction from Scotland to his views on muslims.
Mr Trump was invited to join the GlobalScot network of business leaders, entrepreneurs and executives with a connection to Scotland in 2006.
The contender for the Republican nomination in the US presidential race outraged public opinion around world this week by saying the US should ban muslims from entering the country following the recent terror attack in California.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon responded by removing his status as a representative of Scotland overseas. She said: “His comments in the last few days have been repugnant and reprehensible.
“Being a GlobalScot is a very privileged position. You effectively are a business ambassador for the country and the job is to promote the reputation of Scotland overseas. I have made the simple judgement that someone who expresses the views that Donald Trump has is not suitable to be promoting Scotland abroad.”
Robert Gordon University stripped Mr Trump of his honorary doctorate, awarded to him five years ago, following pressure from students and others.
An RGU spokesman said: “In the course of the current US election campaign, Mr Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university. The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree.”
A petition calling for him to be banned from Britain has already received more than 300,000 signatures, although Chancellor George Osborne, while sharing the general disgust at his remarks, ruled out such action.
Mr Osborne said Mr Trump was “profoundly wrong” about Muslims, but told MPs it was better to challenge his views in “robust democratic argument” than prevent him coming to Britain.
Prime Minister David Cameron has described Mr Trump’s views as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong”.
Pressure has also been mounting to boycott his two golf courses in Scotland.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, wrote a blog in support of muslims. He said: “As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.
“If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”