A controversial bid has been launched to bring Donald Trump to the Essex seaside town of Clacton-on-sea. Sad!
Ex-Ukip councillor Andy Pemberton says he was angered when Greenwich Council banned the leader of the free world from entering the London borough on his state visit to Britain this year, so he started a petition to bring the US billionaire president to the tourist town of Clacton-on-Sea.
Pemberton said: “President Trump is the voice of the silent majority in the USA and speaks for many British voters – and many people in Clacton as well.”
Fake news? Well Pemberton was clearly serious in his aspirations – albeit his assessment of Trump’s “majority” is more akin to an alternative fact given the official US election count recorded a clear win in the popular vote for Hillary Clinton.
But whichever way you look at it, Trump is box office as Pemberton stressed: “A lot of people in Clacton think he is a better leader than those we have here.
“It would also be a massive boost for Tendring if he came here. He could visit the Harwich Mayflower Project.”
The Harwich Mayflower Project is an ambitious tourism vision for the town which aims to build a replica of the ship that transported the Pilgrim Fathers from England to America in 1620, as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations.
Most US democrats will certainly be ruing that day in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election, but that perception seems to have some traction amongst the local community in Clacton who are apparently disinclined to welcome Trump with open arms.
While a visit by a US President would be a huge draw for any British resort, with just 70 signatures, Pemberton’s dream of using the world’s most powerful man as a draw to Clacton could be an uphill struggle.
Ivan Henderson, leader of Tendring Council’s Labour group, said if Trump even considered visiting Tendring, he would be happy to work with anyone to organise a protest.
The Harwich councillor added: “I’m sure there are plenty of people here who would be happy to protest against it.
“If he did come and visit Harwich replica of the Mayflower – if it is built – we would be happy to pack him off with a one-way ticket back to America.”