Donald Trump has been stripped of his role as a business ambassador for Scotland by Nicola Sturgeon, as the growing backlash against his comments about Muslims led to calls for a national boycott of his luxury golf resorts.
The billionaire was invited to join the GlobalScot business network in 2006, but the Scottish Government has said his call for all Muslims to be banned from entering the US meant he was “no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland” and that his membership had been withdrawn “with immediate effect”.
A motion has also been lodged at the Scottish Parliament condemning Mr Trump and urging the public to consider boycotting his businesses. The US presidential hopeful owns the Trump International Golf Links and hotel in Aberdeenshire as well as the Turnberry course in Ayrshire.
Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, said he had decided to take action against Mr Trump’s “increasingly fascist” public remarks. “Trump is now more than just a vulgar attention-seeker; he represents truly dangerous ideas, and should not be tolerated,” he said, adding that no “self-respecting person” would want to spend money in his hotels and at his golf courses.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
The Muslim Council of Scotland described Mr Trump’s recent comments as “beyond belief” and “completely shocking”, but said it was not in favour of banning him from the UK. “In terms of what he’s said in the past, whether it’s ridiculing people with disabilities, Hispanics, women – it’s hardly a surprise that suddenly it’s Muslims he’s turning on,” spokesman Mazher Khan told The Independent. “The man really has no credibility. He’s little more than a comical buffoon.”
Asked about the calls for a boycott of Mr Trump’s Scottish golf resorts, he added: “He has business interests in Scotland and people are quite right to respond accordingly…these expressions of annoyance are perfectly legitimate. We’re quite confident that the American people, when it comes to the ballot box, will see what this man stands for and reject him outright.”
Mr Trump, whose mother was from the Isle of Lewis, was awarded the role as Scottish business ambassador by the then First Minister Lord McConnell. “I’ve enjoyed success over the years and I like to think that part of my achievement can be attributed to my Scottish roots,” the billionaire said at the time.