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The election of Sadiq Khan as London’s mayor has split political opinion in the US with influential right-wing websites reacting with horror, while liberal newspapers hailed its significance.
The Breitbart website headlined its coverage “LondonisKhan”, claiming London had chosen an “Islamist-sympathising Muslim mayor.”
The right-wing New York Post, gave a hint of the potential unease among some in America at the result.
It published a story from News.com.au, under the headline “Moderate Muslims are ‘Uncle Toms’ “ said Muslim set to be London mayor.”
This referred to a remark Mr Khan, who served as a minister in the last Labour government, made in 2009 to Press TV. He has since admitted that it was a racial slur and apologised for the remark.
Meanwhile the Drudge Report, another right wing website referred to the imminent election of “the first Muslim mayor of Londonistan.”
The initial reaction of the American Right reflects the concern voiced in the US at the presence of a large Muslim population in London and many parts of western Europe.
Last year Fox News, triggered a torrent of derision when Steve Emerson, who was billed as a terrorism expert, claimed that there were parts of London where Shariah law was in force.
The station subsequently apologised.
Bill de Blasio, New York’s mayor, has congratulated Mr Khan on his victory adding that he was looking forward to “working together”.
Given the close links between London and New York, this raised the prospect of a confrontation with Donald Trump should he invite Mr Khan to cross the Atlantic and the mogul become president.
Only last month Mr Trump, who has vowed to ban Muslims from entering the United States should he win the election, accused the Islamic community in Britain of not reporting suspected terrorists.
His campaign team declined to say whether Mr Khan would be allowed into the United States.
But others have taken a very different view, notably the Washington Post, which said Mr Khan’s victory will resonate far beyond London’s City Hall.
“At a time when Islam is seen by many in the West as politically toxic, Khan embraced it to winning effect,” the paper wrote
The New York Times noted that Mr Khan had secured his victory at a time of rising Islamophobia in the West.
It was a victory which made him “one of the most prominent Muslim politicians in the West.”
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Heat Street brought America the news that Sadiq Khan defended the 9/11 killer Zacarias Moussaoui, and called moderate Muslims “Uncle Toms”.