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'Racist, sexist, stupid and ignorant': The world leaders who attacked Trump

Even the Pope had something to say about the Donald.

HE HAS BEEN compared to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

The lower-end of the criticism has seen Donald Trump described as racist, sexist, stupid and ignorant.

The Republican’s victory has shocked many – not least some of the world’s leaders who have attacked and insulted Trump over the past number of months.

Trump did not shy away from vocalising his opinions during his presidency campaign – and these are the leaders around the world who attacked, insulted and criticised him.

Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny called Trump’s views “racist and dangerous”.

“If Trump’s comments are racist and dangerous, which they are, there is an alternative to vote for.”

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor: told the Sunday Independent in October:

I think that it is totally unacceptable the way he talks about women. And what really disgusted me was the way he spoke about people with disability. It is reprehensible.

But added: “But if I had to work with him, if he is the president of the US, I will absolutely work with him and I will have a working relationship.”

UK

Speaking in parliament, David Cameron said Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration was “divisive, stupid and wrong”.

I think his remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong, and if he came to visit our country I think he would unite us all against him.

He later declined to withdraw that statement.

Cameron signs book deal Source: Hannah McKay

Boris Johnson, then London Mayor, said “the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump”.

As Foreign Secretary now, he will undoubtedly be forced to do so.

Johnson also called Trump “out of his mind”, and said his claims that parts of London were “no-go” areas, showed a “stupefying ignorance that makes him, frankly, unfit to hold the office of President of the United States”.

Sadiq Khan, now London Mayor, had something of a mini-feud with Trump. After Trump’s Muslim ban proposal, he said, “I hope his campaign dies a death”.

Source: BBC News/YouTube

Trump said Khan, who is himself Muslim, could be an “exception” to the ban.
Khan declined the offer, in no uncertain terms, and fired back that Trump had
“ignorant views on Islam”.

Trump retorted that Khan’s comments were “rude” and “ignorant”, and warned, “tell him I will remember those statements”.

France

In August, French President Francois Hollande told assembled journalists:

His excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when – as was Donald Trump’s case – he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier.

Yesterday morning, France’s ambassador in the US, Gérard Araud, tweeted: “After Brexit and this election, everything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Vertigo”

Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, joined with Sidiq Khan in condemning Trump’s calls for a ban on Muslims, saying, in English:

Donald Trump is stupid, he is very stupid … Mr Trump is so stupid, my God, my God.

Source: BBC London/YouTube

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, again reacting to the Muslim ban proposal in December, tweeted:

Mr Trump, like others, stokes hatred and generalisations. Our ONLY enemy is radical Islamism.

Valls later also called Trump a “little man” and “probably a bad man”.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius denounced Trump as a “climate change denier”, and said his election would “dramatically threaten global action against climate disruption”.

Germany

Germany Attacks Source: Matthias Schrader

Just two days before Americans went to the polls, German President Joachim Gauck said he was worried by the prospect of Trump becoming head of state, citing his “unpredictability”.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called Trump a “hate preacher”, and later his spokesperson told the media Steinmeier was “frightened about what might come of the world” if Trump were elected.

Germany Budget German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel Source: Markus Schreiber

Germany’s Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel included Trump among a list of “right-wing populists” who are “a threat to peace and social cohesion, but also to economic development”.

Sweden

Belgium EU Summit Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven Source: Alastair Grant

The country’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven denounced the Republican National Convention, where Trump was formally nominated as the party’s candidate, as “based on fear and division. Hate, I would almost say, or at least antipathy”.

Denmark

Belgium Denmark Migrants Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen Source: Virginia Mayo

The Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen attacked Trump’s unpredictability, saying:

He changes opinions like the rest of us change underwear.

Poland

Polish Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the choice between the two candidates was a choice between “plague and cholera”.

Mexico

United Nations General Assembly Mexico Source: Mary Altaffer

On March 7, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto compared Trump’s harsh remarks against Mexican and Muslim immigrants to the rise of the German and Italian dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Pena Nieto told the daily Excelsior:

There have been episodes in the history of humanity, unfortunately, where these expressions, this strident rhetoric, has only really led to ominous scenarios in the history of humanity.That’s how Mussolini and Hitler arrived.

UN

Source: Mail Online News/YouTube

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said last month that if Trump followed through with his past commitments and statements, there was no doubt “he would be dangerous from an international point of view”.

He also warned that under a Trump presidency, “vulnerable communities…may well be deprived of their human rights”.

The Pope

Source: Associated Press/YouTube

After saying mass with immigrants at the border fence between Mexico and the US, Pope Francis was asked about Trump’s views on immigration. He replied:

Anyone, whoever he is, who only wants to build walls and not bridges is not a Christian.

Trump responded the same day, saying “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful”.

Additional reporting by Dan Mac Guill and AFP. 

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