Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson today claimed China had become a ‘voice of reason’ in the world and Putin’s Russia was more measure than America.
In her main speech to the party conference in Bournemouth, Ms Swinson warned activists the ‘politics of the bully is back’.
The deputy leader launched an angry attack on US President Donald Trump, branding him a ‘misogynist and a racist’.
Ms Swinson’s remarks will anger those who believe the Special Relationship between the UK and USA is more important than any one President.
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson (pictured today at conference) today claimed China had become a ‘voice of reason’ in the world and Putin’s Russia was more measure than America
In her rallying call to party activists, Ms Swinson warned ‘politics is broken’ and told them they could not take for granted that liberal people would win in the end.
She said: ‘When calm heads and brave leaders are needed more than ever, global politics seems broken.
‘A few years ago it would have seemed inconceivable that in such a crisis, China would be a voice of reason, and Russia more measured than America.
‘The politics of the bully is back. Human rights are trampled. Climate change is denied. Hate and division are spread like poison into society.’
Levelling her most serious attack on the US President yet, Ms Swinson slammed the Government for offering a state visit.
She said the offer was a ‘sign of our weakness in a Brexit world’.
The deputy leader said: ‘Trump is a bully, a misogynist and a racist. He boasts about sexually assaulting women. He cruelly mocked a reporter for his disability. He has rolled back trans rights.
‘And for someone who makes much of being straight-talking, he won’t call a Nazi a Nazi.’
The deputy leader launched an angry attack on US President Donald Trump, branding him a ‘misogynist and a racist’
Ms Swinson added: ‘How easily will our values be cast aside in our desperation to sign trade deals to avoid economic catastrophe.’
Party leader Sir Vince Cable today claimed he could be Britan’s next Prime Minister despite vowing to reverse Brexit and the party’s failure at the June election.
The newly elected Liberal Democrat chief said the succession of shock results at the ballot box in Britain, the US and France proved dramatic changes were possible.
Sir Vince played down the failure of his party to cut through to the country at the general election when the party went from eight to just 12 MPs.
The former Cabinet minister is using his first party conference to make the case for a new referendum choosing between the Brexit deal and staying in Europe.
Ms Swinson said Theresa May (pictured today at Westminster Abbey) should withdraw the invite to Donald Trump