The Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty was amongst several MPs taking part today in a debate held as a result of the on-line petitions tegarding the forthcoming State Visit of the President of the United States Donald Trump.
Doughty followed veteran Newport Labour MP Paul Flynn who had introduced the debate – even though Flynn might have been expected to be attending a simultaneous meeting of the Welsh Affairs Committee of which he is a member . The committee was discussing “Implications for Wales of the EU referendum result”. Observers said there had evidently been some adjustment of the respective priorities.
Doughty told MPs ” I feel deeply concerned and deeply frightened when I see the very principles on which the [American] constitution was developed by the founding fathers being put under question by the President, and indeed he has done so in recent days with attacks on the Press, attacks on the Judiciary, attacks on the religious freedoms and attacks on those other parts of government which choose to disagree with him – and it’s for that that I am most worried and most fearful.”
Doughty also said today he was “pleased nearly 4,000 of my constituents in Cardiff South and Penarth” agreed that President Trump should not be accorded a State Visit to the UK . [ PDN Note: The population of Cardiff South and Penarth is 107,455]
Welsh MP Nigel Evans (Conservative Ribble Valley) reminded members it was “the people in the middle of America, who felt left behind, who had been labelled – by Hillary Clinton – as “The Deplorables” , who had been ignored by administration after administration, and it was they who had decided to vote Donald Trump into the White House.
Evans criticised the “trolling” of Trump’s young son Barron, and of the First Lady Melania Trump. “We talk about sexism and racism“- but the racism which Melania Trump had had to endure was appalling. He said he did not want the House to be brought into disrepute as far as double-standards were concerned. Where had the demonstrators been when the Chinese Leader had come to Britain last year – he asked.