-- Advertisement --

Theresa May has now gone “full Trump” twice in just four days

-- Advertisement --

Stay in touch!

Sign up to be updated with Evolve's latest stories, and for opportunities to get involved.

For the second time in just over half a week, the Prime Minister has attempted to convince the British public that something she was literally recorded saying did not actually happen. Yes, it is official – Theresa May really has gone “full Trump” twice in just four days.

During her speech to the CBI yesterday, Theresa May said that Brexit would stop EU citizens from ‘jumping the queue’ to land jobs in Britain, adding that Britain’s exit from the EU would allow “engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi” the same chance to gain employment in Britain.

However, May’s words were widely criticised for their tone, with many accusing the PM of using dog-whistle anti-immigrant rhetoric to hammer home the point.

The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, argued that using such accusatory language to describe how EU migrants legally entered the UK was “offensive” and “disgraceful“.

Furthermore, as if the UK’s relationship with the EU couldn’t get any worse, May’s words also appeared to rile the EU’s lead Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, who tweeted:

“EU citizens living, working, contributing to UK communities didn’t “jump the queue” & neither did UK nationals in Europe. They were exercising rights which provided freedom & opportunities. We will fight to ensure these continue in the future, especially after any transition. “

However, just hours after the words were recorded being spoken by the Prime Minister, Theresa May’s spokesman attempted to deny that she had ever said them.

As Business Insider Journalist Adam Bienkov tweeted, this astonishing reality-reversing denial really did happen:

“Theresa May’s spokesman denies the prime minister has suggested that EU citizens have “jumped the queue” to work in the UK. Here’s what she said in her speech.”

And if you were still in any doubt as to whether the words actually came out of Theresa May’s mouth, EU Professor Steve Peers literally watched it happen:

But if that still isn’t enough evidence for you, here’s a video of her literally saying the words:

Today’s latest blatantly false denial from Theresa May’s office comes hot on the heals of the Prime Minister herself making a similar Trumpesque reality-reversing reposte regarding comments she was again literally recorded making – this time to the Police Federation in 2015.

At the height of May’s tenure as Home Secretary, she presided over swingeing cuts to the police force – cuts which have now resulted in 21,000 police officers being made redundant and crime levels soaring.

However, when Theresa May went public with her proposed cuts in 2015, the Police Federation were unsurprisingly unhappy, warning that such drastic measures would lead to a sharp increase in crime.

Yet, Theresa May decided to ignore all the warnings, accusing the police of “crying wolf” over the potential effects.

However, during her radio phone-in appearance on LBC last week, Theresa May denied that she had ever used the term.

During a discussion on soaring crime figures, LBC host Nick Ferrari initially asked the PM:

“Weren’t you the Home Secretary who said they [the Police] were crying wolf at a Police Federation meeting once?”

Theresa May responded by claiming:

“Well, I, I, I’m not sure I used exactly that phrase, Nick.”

Why not judge for yourself if she did by watching the video below:

Just when you thought Donald Trump’s ridiculously brazen lies could never ever be matched, along comes a Tory Prime Minister to challenge him by doing exactly the same thing twice in just four days.

We really can’t state this enough: you can never, ever trust a Tory.

-- Advertisement --

Evolve needs your help more than ever!

We rely on the generosity of our readers to help fund the majority of our work - but we need a little more to make ends meet and enable us to grow.

If we can reach 1,000 regular subscribers, we will become entirely financially sustainable - and we'll also have a little extra so we can build upwards and outwards to make our work have an even bigger impact.

In the last month alone, our work on the Environment Bill has helped force a change in the law for the better. And, since Evolve was founded, our uniquely viral style of journalism has repeatedly put the establishment on the back foot and helped force genuinely positive progression.

But we want to do far more - and we need your help to do it.

The best way you can help us is by becoming a Monthly or Annual subscriber. This kind of regular income allows us to better plan for the future - firstly so we can pay the bills, and then so we can set aside funds and time to work on extra projects.

However, if you can't commit to a regular payment, one-off donations - no matter how small - also make a big difference to us, and we genuinely make the most of every single penny.

So, if you appreciate the work that Evolve does and you want to see us make an even bigger impact on the world, please think about contributing to our work in whatever way you possibly can.

Tom D. Rogers

Co-Founder, Contributing Editor

Jess Miller

Co-Founder, Contributing Editor

Subscriber-Only Comments