Two petitions are circulating online calling for the removal of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s name from the tower that’s under construction in downtown Vancouver.
The petitions come in the wake of a former Vancouver city planner calling for the removal of his name from the 63 storey tower after Trump said he’d close U.S. borders to Muslims.
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Daniel Haigh started a petition that has more than 17,000 signatures at the time of publication. He says Trump’s anti-muslim comments spurred the movement.
“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,” said Haigh in his petition.
The comments on Haigh’s petition seem to echo his sentiments.
“In our Diverse MultiCultural City, there is no room for the name Trump, which represents Narcissistic Facism and Bigotry of the worst kind, you might as well name the tower HITLER,” reads one comment.
“The bigotry and hate being spewed by Trump is a monstrous danger to world peace and safety. Keep him out of Vancouver and all of Canada, if possible,” read another.
Another petition by Taleeb Noormohamed says Trump doesn’t represent the values of Vancouver or the building’s designer Arthur Erickson.
“Vancouver is a tolerant, diverse city that welcomes all of us, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social or economic status. We believe in the best of what humanity offers, and we refuse to accept the demonization of others, or of inciting hate and mistrust,” he said in the petition.
“By allowing the Trump name to be seen on this building, we will tarnish the legacy of Mr Erickson, and allow a name now synonymous with ignorance, intolerance and hate mongering to shine above our city.”
He said he hopes the petition encourages Mayor Gregor Robertson and the City of Vancouver to “force” the developers to remove Trump’s name.