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Lichfield and Burntwood MP says anti-Trump protests are “height of hypocrisy”

Protests targeting Donald Trump’s visit to the UK have been branded as “the height of hypocrisy” by the MP for Lichfield and Burntwood.

The US President’s state visit has seen protests in London, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also spoke at an anti-Trump rally.

But Conservative MP Michael Fabricant told the House of Commons the actions of those speaking out against his trip were hypocritical.

He said: “Thirty years ago this week, some 2,000 democrats -maybe more, but we will never know the number – were murdered in Tiananmen Square.

“Even now in China, a great firewall prevents Wikipedia, Google and others from communicating with the Chinese people.

“Although China has moved on, is it not the height of hypocrisy that those who demonstrated against the President of America chose not to demonstrate against the President of China when he came here?”

His comments were supported by David Lidington MP who stood in for Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons.

“My honourable friend makes a telling point about the inconsistency in standards among some leading members of this house,” he said.

“It was indeed 30 years yesterday since the tragic and shocking events in which so many people lost their lives while protesting peacefully in and around Tiananmen Square.

“The sad truth today is that people in China are still unable to exercise their right to protest peacefully – a right given to them by international agreements to which the Chinese government have signed up.

“We continue to urge the Chinese government to respect citizens’ freedom of association, assembly, expression and other fundamental rights and freedoms as is supposed to be enshrined in China’s constitution as well as in international law.

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  1. Darryl Godden

    6th June, 2019 at 7:34 am


    If we need examples of hypocrisy, we need merely to look at Fabricant’s voting and speech record.

    One thing never justifies the other, so by virtue of Fabrican’t warped logic, you need to protest against the Chinese before you can protest against Trump? I wonder if he could tell exactly how much protesting is required before we’re allowed to protest against Trump?

    It’s difficult to imagine what goes through his brain to understand why he feels the need to defend Trump, in all his misogynistic, racist and fascist ways – but then he’s a Tory, and fleas jump.

  2. Rob

    6th June, 2019 at 9:38 am

    And people lament the division in society.

  3. Eric.N.Drinkwater

    6th June, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Is it wrong to protest against someone who wants to take over our NHS and privatise it and will Michael Fabricant be defending our NHS against this attack from abroad

  4. Burntwood Bloke

    6th June, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I’m so glad that our MP is working hard in the interests of his constituents, taking up valuable time in the Commons for this pointless piece of personal opinion.

  5. John Griffin

    6th June, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    So those who demonstrated against the Chinese, didn’t? Demonstrating against a rank, boasting misogynist is wrong? Moral compass is missing.

  6. wilf

    6th June, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    That Tory councillor on here was right the other day when he said politicians needed to be careful not to create a narrative against Chinese heritage communities. Racially insensitive indeed.

  7. Asellus aquaticus

    7th June, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Does anybody else find it a bit ironic that Fabricant likes to use straw man arguments to make his point?

  8. Asellus aquaticus

    7th June, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Damn. I’ve just realised Fabricant is attempting to misdirect us with a “tu quoque” fallacy not a “straw man” fallacy.

    I hate it when I get my logical fallacies mixed up. Especially when it ruins my joke.

  9. Chris

    10th June, 2019 at 9:46 am

    No great surprise that a man who remembers apartheid fondly, defends blackface, and advocates punching women in the throat would be a supporter of the white supremacist misogynist that is Donald Trump.

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