Usually a visit by a head of state to jolly old England is attended with much pomp and circumstance. The arrival of the Trumps is set for protests and snark. This is Trump’s first visit to the UK and it is not an official state visit. 1.9Million Brits opposed that via petition. Nevertheless, on July 13 Trump is set to meet with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, where it is undoubtedly hoped that he will address her as “Your Majesty” and not Liz, and Teresa May will host him at Chequers and not 10 Downing Street. NBC News:
The largest [protests] are planned in London, where organizers of Together Against Trump estimate up to 100,000 people, including labor unions and rights groups, will march through the center of the city to Trafalgar Square.
“We’re planning a proper British welcome for Trump,” said Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, 42, a co-organizer of the march and founder of Women in Leadership. “Change for tolerance, justice and equality is no longer jurisdictional but global,” she said. “We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. I cannot stand by and be complicit through silence as intolerance, injustice and discrimination shape hostile policies, laws and environments for many. If all I have is my voice and vote, I will make them count.”
A quieter but eye-catching protest is planned by Leo Murray, 41, who wants to float a helium-filled blimp of Trump as a baby during the visit.
“Moral outrage has no affect on Trump because he has no shame, he’s immune to it,” said the climate campaigner. “But he has a tremendously fragile ego so ridicule is an effective form of protest,” he said.
“So we want to make sure he knows that all of Britain is looking down on him and laughing at him.”
While all of Britain is looking down and laughing, Melania will journey to an as yet undisclosed school to tout her “Be Best” views. Hearing Melania pontificate on morality should really go over well in this political climate.
He lies about crime in Britain, he lies about crime in Germany, he lies about and defends his cruel, inhumane, barbaric policy of separating babies and children at the border, a new low even for him, and in less than four weeks, @theresa_may will roll out the red carpet. Really? https://t.co/Y9PyeMrSAD
— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) June 18, 2018
British figures involved in the planning are keen to avoid a repeat of the Hamburg G20 gathering last year, when Mrs Trump was unable to leave her hotel due to protests.
However they have proposed the First Lady visits a school as part of her ‘Be Best’ campaign, designed to teach children about “the importance of social, emotional, and physical health”.
The event at the school will be a standalone event, while Trump is somewhere in Scotland playing golf; maybe. All events are still fluid at this time, except for the protests and the blimp. Those are a green light.