Sheffield Mayor Magid Magid 'Bans' Donald Trump From His City

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield has “banned” Donald Trump from his city ahead of the US President’s visit to the UK next week.  Magid Magid made his feelings on the event crystal clear, branding Trump a “Wasteman” – slang for someone lacking maturity and achieving little with their lives.  “I Magid Magid, lord mayor & first citizen of this city hereby declare that not only is Donald J Trump a WASTEMAN, but he is also henceforth banned from the great city of Sheffield!” Magid wrote on Twitter  The 28-year-old Somali refugee was elevated to the office in May, becoming the youngest ever person to hold the job in Sheffield, and made it clear he intended to shake up the world of politics.

A "wasteman" is slang for a person of little merit. The council said Mr. Magid does not have the power to ban anyone from the city, but that full council "may through a collective, democratic debate and process, agree to condemn the views of an individual or organization".  The mayor tweeted: "I Magid Magid, Lord Mayor & first citizen of this city hereby declare that not only is Donald J Trump a WASTEMAN, but he is also henceforth banned from the great city of Sheffield! "I further declare July 13th to be Mexico Solidarity Day!" Mr. Trump is due to come to the UK for his state visit on 13 July but Mr. Magid admitted he is unlikely to visit Sheffield.

In a tweet, the mayor highlighted his opposition to Trump's policies he objects strongly to, including Trump’s ridiculous Muslim ban, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, moving a US Embassy to Jerusalem, enforcing the imprisonment of children at borders and defending white supremacists".  He said as Lord Mayor, he speaks on behalf of Sheffield citizens. "We need to be honest, bold and courageous in our viewpoints," he added. "As a world leader he has a lot of weight and we have to fight that hate."

Mr Magid came to Sheffield aged five from an Ethiopian refugee camp "to find a better life".  In 2016 he was elected Broomhill and Sharrow Vale Green councillor and when elected Lord Mayor said he would bring the role "into the 21st Century".

Magid came to the Brexit-backing northern city with his mum and five siblings in 1994 when he was just five, having fled war-torn Somalia and spent six months in an Ethiopian refugee camp.   He did not speak a word of English when he started school, but went on to study zoology at Hull University, where he was voted student union president.