Donald Trump: Spokesman for the disenfranchised, or huge international problem?

Donald Trump: An in-depth analysis of the presumptive candidate following his UK trip announcement

Trump's visit has split opinion in the UK

Thursday, June 2, 2016

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump's announcement that he intends to visit the UK on 24 June has divided opinion.

The billionaire property developer will visit his Trump Turnberry golf resort in south-west Scotland for its official relaunch following a £200m redevelopment on the day that the UK learns the results from the bitterly fought EU referendum. 

Kate Andrews, from Republicans Overseas, and author David Milne - a prominent anti-Trump activist - appeared on Julia Hartley-Brewer's show on Thursday to discuss the merits, or otherwise, of the Republican party's probable presidential candidate visiting these shores. 

“You would think that on 24 June the big story would be whether or not Britain has voted to remain in the EU," Andrews said. "But Donald Trump is going to try to get in on that." 

Prime Minister David Cameron memorably described Trump as "stupid and divisive" for some of his outspoken campaign rhetoric, but Andrews believes the PM's remarks may have backfired.

“I don’t have much sympathy for Cameron," she said. "He came out attacking Donald Trump, and as is his nature Trump fought right back. 

"I agree with David Cameron that Trump’s comments are offensive and are dividing the nation. I find them idiotic as well.   

"But what he needs to realise is his attacks on Donald Trump, and his embrace of Barack Obama, is reinforcing the idea of the political elites being in it together.

"This is exactly why Donald Trump is doing so well, because people are fighting this kind of mentality."

David Milne, author of Blinded By The Bling has been opposing Trump ever since construction began on the US billionaire's controversial golf resort in Aberdeenshire. The resort opened in 2012. 

"He promises a huge amount and delivers absolutely nothing," Milne told Julia Hartley-Brewer. 

"There will be a number of people who think he's the best thing since sliced bread because they can't look beyond the ends of their noses and see how much of a failure and a liar he is.

"We have the potential of a huge international problem with this man in power. There is a fine line between free speech and hate speech, and this man has crossed it. 

"If he does become president, America will be at war in a week and bankrupt in two."

With Trump having already defied the odds in his race to become the Republican party candidate, Andrews explained why people might be more likely to vote for him in the presidential race.

"I think they're completely disenchanted with politics at the moment," she said. 

"A lot of these people already feel like they've hit rock bottom and they want to try something new. 

"They want to try something different. My problem with Donald Trump is he's targeted minorities and women, and he's gone after other people to make them [feel] small to make himself feel great. 

"This is why the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton [for the US presidency] leaves me in absolute despair."