Attorney and feminist author Jill Filipovic urged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to “snub” President Donald Trump from their upcoming wedding in an op-ed for CNN.
Earlier this week, The Sun reported that British government officials are asking the couple not to invite the Obamas to their May wedding out of fear that it would upset Trump.
“Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” a government official told The Sun. “Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen. Conversations are ongoing about and ministers will eventually have to decide. If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up.”
But Filipovic argues that if any American president is to be uninvited to the wedding, it should be Trump.
“The real dilemma isn’t whether to invite Obama — it’s whether if he did invite the Obamas, it would be perceived as a slight against President Trump, whose policies, views and statements the couple may (hopefully) find abhorrent,” she wrote. “I say snub away.”
“Weddings are supposed to be joyous occasions celebrating a couple’s love and marking the beginning of life together as a family,” Filipovic said. “Sometimes that means inviting and tolerating Uncle Jimmy, who everyone could predict would have a few too many whiskeys and fall into the drum set, or your elementary school best friend Stacey — and risking her comically bad and potentially dangerous attempts at twerking.”
“Trump is that uncle, except instead of an annual opportunity for a Thanksgiving tirade, he has the biggest soapbox on the planet and the power to put his abhorrent views into action,” she added.
Filipovic cited Trump’s ban on refugees as a move that “should offend anyone with even a sliver of conscience.”
She also pointed to his alleged sexual harassment of 19 women and his attacks on women’s rights, saying this alone “should lead any bride, and any halfway decent groom, to deem him wedding persona non grata.”
Filipovic cites Trump’s “history of racism,” including his crusade against the Central Park Five despite their innocence being proven by DNA evidence and his birther crusade against President Obama.
“That should be enough to scratch him off any wedding guest list, but especially one where the bride is biracial. What message does it send to demand that a woman of color smile politely and welcome a leader accused of multiple counts of discrimination,” she asks.
“By inviting Obama and refusing to invite Trump, the royal family would send a clear message: Meghan Markle matters more than the man in the Oval Office,” she wrote. “It would be a tremendous showing of solidarity, and a true embrace of their newest member.”
“This is, after all, a man who is recently reported to have said that Haitian immigrants ‘all have AIDS’ and Nigerians in the US would never ‘go back to their huts’ in Africa,” she added. “A man that awful doesn’t deserve to be seated at a Cracker Barrel, let alone at a royal wedding.”