An online petition to bar Donald Trump from the United Kingdom zoomed past the 100,000-signature threshold Wednesday required for lawmakers to debate the issue. The GOP front-runner has garnered backlash after saying Muslims should not be allowed into the U.S. — rhetoric that has been criticized worldwide. And by 6:10 p.m. (1:10 p.m. ET), the U.K. petition created on Tuesday had earned 258,934 signatures. The British government has the power to bar people considered a threat to public safety or national security, or those with criminal convictions. In the past, the U.K. has denied entry to figures as diverse as boxer Mike Tyson, rapper Tyler the Creator, radical Muslim preachers and the late Christian fundamentalist Fred Phelps Sr.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.