Sadiq Khan compares Donald Trump to Isis as their feud continues

Sadiq Khan has accused Donald Trump of using the language of Isis.

The mayor of London said the US president had adopted a similar rhetoric to Islamic State when talking about his planned travel ban on Muslims.

Mr Khan also said he was a ‘reluctant participant’ in the ongoing row with Mr Trump, which started when the president used Twitter to publicly attack the mayor’s handling of the London Bridge terror attack in June.

Sadiq Khan criticised Donald Trump at an event at the Labour Party conference (Picture: Rex)

Speaking at a Guardian Live event at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, Mr Khan accused Mr Trump of adopting the language of Isis and ‘playing their game’.

He said he was offended by Mr Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims and his claim he would make an exception for him.


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He said: ’My view was firstly, “I’m not exceptional”, and secondly, “Think about what you are saying.” Because what you are saying is not dissimilar to what Daesh or so-called IS says.

‘They say that there is a clash of civilisations, it is not possible to be a Muslim and a westerner, and the west hates us.

‘And you are inadvertently playing their game, you are helping them.’

In an interview with The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, Mr Khan said American Muslims had made a great contribution as students, artists and politicians.

He said Mr Trump’s travel ban on a number of Muslim countries gave the ‘wrong impression’ of the religion.

‘I’m a westerner, but also a very proud Muslim,’ said Mr Khan. ‘There are some people who want to divide our communities – I’m not going to let them.’

Mr Khan said Mr Trump was ‘ignorant’ (Picture: Rex)

Mr Khan rejected the idea that Mr Trump should be granted a state visit to the UK.

‘I think at a time when the president of the United States is doing and saying so many things that we disagree with, the idea of just rolling out the red carpet and having a state visit is wrong,’ he said.

Mr Khan said the president’s knowledge of Islam was limited to what he sees in the media.

‘I’m happy to educate people who are ignorant,’ he said.