After protests and petitions against Republican President Donald Trump’s invitation for a state visit to the United Kingdom this year from Prime Minister Theresa May, Welsh members of Parliament debated the issue Monday.
Paul Flynn said the U.K. should “set an example” by not allowing the Trump visit.
“We’ve had people here who are very unsavory characters,” Flynn said, according to the BBC. “Certainly we can’t try to imitate the errors of the past, we should set an example by making sure we don’t make those mistakes again.”
But Nigel Evans, a conservative member of Parliament, stood up and blasted opponents of the Trump visit.
“For those who find it difficult to understand that the American people voted for Donald Trump, get over it because he’s president of the United States,” Evans said.
He added that “we have to ask ourselves why is it that people felt so left behind that they made the democratic decisions that they have” and then compared last year’s Brexit vote to the Trump election.
“Just like we had the forgotten people in United Kingdom, there are the forgotten people in the United States of America,” Evans continued. “We may not like some of the things that he says, and I certainly don’t like some of the things that he’s said in the past, but I do respect the fact that he stood on a platform which he is now delivering. He’s going to go down in history as being roundly condemned for being the only politician to deliver on his promises.”
Evans added that he’s seen “no evidence” that Trump is “racist” — which drew a number of gasps in the crowd — and that attacks on Trump are, in effect, attacks on “the American people.”
“If they wanted more of the same or the ‘usual stuff,’ well that was on the ballot paper,” he said. “But they decided by the majority of states in the Electoral College, as it works, that they wanted Donald Trump.”