The backlash continues to grow North of the border following Donald Trump’s controversial call to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.
The latest shots fired come in the form of an online petition aimed at developer Holborn Group, which is in the process of building a Vancouver Trump Tower.
More than 30,000 people have signed, since the petition was launched yesterday.
“As a consequence of Mr. Trump’s nativist, xenophobic rhetoric, in particular directed at the latino and muslim communities. We call upon Joo Kim Tiah, president and CEO of the Holborn Group, which developing the $360 million Trump tower, to drop the Trump name from the property.”
Earlier this week, Sunny Mangat, a Vancouver woman living in London put the Trump Tower issue in the spotlight with an open letter to Trump.
“His entire campaign, everything that’s come out of his mouth, to me, I’ve laughed. But I think we need to stop laughing. A lot of us blow it off as a joke, which I’ve been doing for a while. Every time he says something I kind of laugh it off. But what he said last night really resonated.”
Mangat says Trump crossed a line when he proposed banning people from the U.S. because of their religion.
She says Vancouver is a uniquely beautiful place, not because of its stunning landscape, but because of the people.
“One thing that Vancouver, I can say, is we integrate quite well and we work really work well together as a community. So the last thing I want is for anyone to come in and remove that unity.”
Vancouver city councillor Kerry Jang says he’d like the Trump brand be removed from the downtown high-rise development.
Jang says he was disgusted upon hearing Trump’s comments: “Quite frankly, I was appalled. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”
He says he immediately reached out to the Trump Tower developer.
“I sent a note to the developer Mr. Tiah, saying please reconsider your options on this naming deal you have got with him because this is not right for Vancouver. I haven’t heard back from him yet. Personally, I would like to see that name gone.”
Lindsey Meredith, who teaches marketing at Simon Fraser University, says Trump’s comments will not only do political damage, but financial damage as well.
“I hope old bonny Trump does not have too many hotels in the rest of the world, especially where you’ve got a Muslim population, ’cause he just shot himself big time in the foot.”
He says business leaders who partner with Trump are likely meeting in their boardrooms today to discuss whether to sever that partnership.
Some other reactions on social media
— Dominic Cloutier (@inbredhybrid) December 8, 2015
Donald Trump wants to ban my friends and neighbours from entering the USA. Fascism has come to America. The GOP has created a monster.
— Michael Chiarello (@MikeChiarello) December 8, 2015
Author JK Rowling has Trump is worse than Voldemort, and now everyone on the Internet is trying to figure out where he hid his horcruxes.