Press release

For immediate release: Thursday 7 April 2016

SALMOND BEARDS TRUMP IN HIS OWN BACKYARD

SCOTLAND'S FORMER FIRST MINISTER: "THE TRUMP RHETORIC IS OFFENSIVE, HIS PROGRAMME ABSURD AND HIS CONDUCT DANGEROUS"

Former Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond MP, has attacked Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, in the Presidential candidate's own backyard of New York City.


Speaking at the Hudson Union Society in New York Mr Salmond said:

"It is perfectly legitimate for people round the planet to have a view on American politics. After all, American politicians, including the President himself, spoke freely about the Scottish referendum. In Mr Trump's case, he speaks about Scotland all the time. The task is to say something that might hit home.

"Therefore, it is this. It is not really the job of a Scottish or any European politician to make a choice between Deomcrat and Republican, or left and right. That is the task of the citizens of this Republic. However when asked to choose between sanity and insanity then it is not difficult to have a view.

"The Trump rhetoric is offensive, his programme absurd and his conduct dangerous. To describe his politics as that of the playground would be a slight to the standard of debate in playgrounds across America. Sooner rather than later the American people will put him back in his television box and out of the Presidential ballot. In particular, no self respecting Scots-American should countenance a Trump finger anywhere near the nuclear button."

Mr Salmond was speaking during Scotland Week, which commemorates the sealing of the Scotland's independence declaration, the Declaration of Arbroath on 6th April 1320. The Arbroath Declaration is thought to contain the first European enunciation of the concept of popular sovereignty. The US Senate has passed a resolution proclaiming that the day should be called "Tartan Day" to signify influence that the Arbroath Declaration had on America's own Declaration of Independence.

Reflecting on recent developments in Scottish politics, Mr Salmond said:

"The unionist London-based parties won the Scottish referendum of 2014, but they have lost the nation. The direction of travel in Scottish politics is set and the destination as certain as anything ever gets in politics. Timing is always difficult to determine. However, at some stage the circumstances will combine for the Scottish people to force a further vote and next time round the result will be a resounding Yes."

ENDS


Notes: The American edition of Mr Salmond's referendum diary "The Dream Shall Never Die" is published by Harper Collins this week.

For more information, please contact Tom Collins / tom.collins@parliament.uk / +1 929 258 2579