The U.K. government should condemn a “deliberate election strategy” by U.S. President Donald Trump to use anti-racism protests to activate his electoral base, said Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary.
Asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show to comment on Trump’s response to the protests against the killing by police of George Floyd, that continued in several U.S. cities on Saturday, the Labour politician said: “I actually think that this is a deliberate election strategy. Now I’ve no idea whether Donald Trump is a racist or not a racist. What I do know is that in the run-up to the American elections, this is one of the ways that politicians try to activate their base. People are divided in order to advance political cause.
U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has refused to comment on Trump’s response to the protests.
But Nandy said the government should speak out. Foreign secretary this week condemned police brutality in Hong Kong.