Donald Trump said that Brits should be thanking him for his wildly Islamophobic comments, not trying to keep him out of the country.
As of Thursday morning, a petition to ban the leading Republican presidential candidate from the U.K. has reached nearly 400,000 signatures. The petition is in response to Trump's call to stop all Muslim travel and immigration to the U.S.
“The U.K. politicians should be thanking me instead of pandering to political correctness,” the former reality star said, according to the Telegraph. “I only said what needed to be said, and when I am elected no one will be tougher or smarter than me."
Trump also accused petition signers of being naive and ungrateful, saying that he has "done so much" for Great Britain.
"They don't know what they're getting into," he said in a tweet.
Many leaders in the U.K. have condemned Trump's treatment of Muslims, including Prime Minister David Cameron. Through a spokesperson, Cameron said that Trump's comments were "divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong."
London Mayor Boris Johnson called Trump's plan "complete and utter nonsense."
Because the petition has garnered so many signatures, British parliament has to consider debating the ban. It's unlikely it will become a reality, but Trump certainly won't be getting a warm welcome from Brits if he does decide to visit.
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