AN EMERGENCY demonstration was held at the US embassy yesterday as anti-racist campaigners, politicians and organisations reacted to Donald Trump’s shocking US presidential election victory.
The protest, organised by Stand Up to Racism, was called to reject Mr Trump’s win which convener Sabby Dhabu warns will “embolden” racists across the globe and normalise racism and sexism in society.
“It’s vital that all black and white people come together and oppose the politics of racism and division that Donald Trump represents,” stressed the group’s secretary Weyman Bennett.
The Muslim Council of Britain also expressed concerns at the billionaire’s unexpected victory.
Secretary-general Harun Khan said: “It is hugely worrying that a man who has openly called for discrimination against Muslims and other minorities has become the leader of a superpower nation.”
However not everyone was displeased with the result.
Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated the new president, saying: “We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.”
And Tory MP Michael Fabricant hailed the election of his bouffant brother as a “Western Spring.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn issued a global wake up call, warning that Mr Trump’s success represented a rejection of a failed economic and political system.
His statement was echoed by Communist Party of Britain general secretary Rob Griffiths who said: “As with the EU referendum, many working-class victims of capitalist free market globalisation want to kick against the Establishment.
“The tragedy and profound danger is that they will turn to opportunist right-wing demagogues when the left fails to provide a strong and clear anti-globalisation alternative.”
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas called the result a “hammer blow for the fight against climate change” but urged people to unite and “light a candle rather than curse the darkness.”
In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on Mr Trump to reach out to those who were marginalised by his campaign while leader of the Scottish Labour Party Kezia Dugdale said she was “heartbroken” in what she called “a dark day for those of us who believe in compassion, tolerance and equality.”