President Donald Trump is scheduled to make his first official visit as president to the United Kingdom on July 13. The trip comes after he attends a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the military alliance of European and North American democracies founded after World War II.
But there’s already one U.K. city not rolling out the welcome mat for the president. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, England, declared Trump persona non grata on Twitter Wednesday, July 4.
Lord Mayor Magid Magid, an elected City Councillor and member of the Green Party, also declared the day of the president’s visit “Mexico Solidarity Day.” The Green Party Councillor appears in a photo with the tweet wearing a sombrero and a t-shirt that reads “DONALD TRUMP IS A WASTEMAN.”
I Magid Magid, Lord Mayor & first citizen of this city hereby declare that not only is Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) a WASTEMAN, but he is also henceforth banned from the great city of Sheffield!
I further declare July 13th to be Mexico Solidarity Day! 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/qYehdHYDEt
— 🚀MΛG!D (@MagicMagid) July 4, 2018
Wasteman is a bit of British slang. According to the multiple definitions on Urban Dictionary, Wasteman is a noun, an insult meaning:
A man, who doesn’t act his age… with a complete disrespect for women… someone who does nothin’ with their life (or nothing much)… A boy that is worthless and has no reason to be living, can also be very stupid and selfcentered [sic]…You don’t even want to be near them.”
In addition to his tweet of declaration, the Lord Mayor added two lists to his post. The first covered “5 Reasons (of thousands) Why Donald Trump Is a WASTEMAN!”. It includes Trump’s Muslim ban, Paris Climate Accord withdrawal, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, family separations by DHS and ICE and his reactions to activities by known White supremacist groups.
The second lists “5 things we can do to beat Donald Trump.” The list includes demonstrating, working with organizations opposing Trump’s policies, looking out for the targets of Trump’s rally rhetoric, showing solidarity with organizations targeted like Planned Parenthood and contacting elected officials.
Magid, also known as Magid Mah, is a British-Somali activist and politician. His appointment as Lord Mayor marks him as the first Somali, the youngest at 29 and the first Green Party councillor to hold the ceremonial title.
Magid, who studied aquatic zoology at the University of Hull, was elected to the Sheffield city council in 2016. Before becoming a city councillor he worked in digital marketing.
Magid was born in 1989 in Burao, a city in northern Somalia. The Somali Civil War took over the entire country at roughly the same time as his birth. Magid’s mother and five siblings left Somalia in 1994 “to find a better life” and spent 6 months in a refugee camp in Ethiopia before being admitted to Britain.
It’s understandable why the Lord Mayor would advocate for asylum seekers around the world and take exception to President Trump.