It is not often that people who aren’t actively engaged in politics will join me at a demonstration, but Trump seems to have enraged many of my friends.
The rallies I attended were awash with handmade signs and witty slogans (such as, “He can’t build a wall, his hands are too small”) and were packed with young people, some still in their school uniforms. Speaker after speaker outlined the policies of a Presidency that seeks only to sow division, and it wasn’t difficult to see similarities with the actions of the Tories and Ukip. This link was, however, missing from the speeches. It’s vital that we show that the rise of Trump is akin to that of the rise of the far right throughout Europe. The Labour Party needs to be drawing clear links between the policies of Trump, Nuttall and May, and positioning itself as the way to fight back against the politics of racism and discrimination.
Jaime Santiago Bell-Bradford, Canonbury ward