Speaking up

Nicola Sturgeon stands by her criticism of Donald Trump, calls his rhetoric ‘deeply abhorrent’

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Scotland first minister Nicola Sturgeon faced criticism for endorsing Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential election from those who considered it meddlesome for a world leader to comment on another country’s election campaign. But a day after issuing a statement congratulating Trump on his electoral win, she stood by her criticism of the president elect, saying that she would have felt guilty saying nothing in the face Trump’s “deeply abhorrent” rhetoric.

“I never want to be, I am not prepared to be, a politician that maintains a diplomatic silence in the face of attitudes of racism, sexism, misogyny or intolerance of any kind,” said Sturgeon. “I hope that president-elect Trump turns out to be a president very different to the kind of candidate he was … But people of progressive opinion the world over, I think, do have to stand up for the values of tolerance and respect for diversity and difference.”

Trump, whose mother was born in Scotland, had his role as business ambassador for the Scottish government taken away by Sturgeon In the wake of his declaration that Muslims should not be allowed in the U.S. Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has also condemned Trump, asserting this his attitude towards women was a “dangerous signal across the world.”

“In January we will have a misogynist in the White House who has boasted about assaulting women and has used the most degrading language possible,” said Dugdale, who also castigated Trump for his “sickening” impersonation of a disabled journalist and “his plans to build a wall or ban people of one faith from entering America.”

Watch video of Sturgeon’s remarks below.

Read the full story at BBC News.


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