'Don't pray for London, pray for Muslim ban': Pauline Hanson responds to terror attack

Ben Brennan

Pauline Hanson has responded to the London terror attack by stepping up her call to ban Muslim immigration.

In a video message the Queensland Senator has asked Australians to respond to the tragedy on social media not by supporting the #Pray4London hashtag but an alternate campaign to #Pray4MuslimBan.

Ms Hanson also took a shot at London's mayor based on comments he made last year. It echoed a similar message from Donald Trump Jr, which stirred up an angry response from those in the UK.

“It’s amazing that the Muslim mayor over there has come out and said terrorist attacks are part and parcel of a big city,” Senator Hanson said in a video message.

“Well, no they’re not.

"They don’t have to be, they don’t have to be, they never have been in the past and that’s something I never want to hear or see here in Australia from any mayor in any city.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan made no such comment today.

Her message showed her holding a sign "Pray4MuslimBan", with the Senator taking aim at those expressing their condolences under a #Pray4London tag.

Senator Hanson’s comments echo those of Donald Trump Jr, who was skewered online earlier in the day over similar comments harking back to a 2016 article in the English newspapers in which Mr Khan expressed his sympathy over an attack in New York.

“That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but it also means exchanging ideas and best practice”, Mr Khan told British media in September 2016.

He had earlier said terrorist attacks were “part and parcel of living in a big city”.

A spokesman for Senator Hanson told 7 News Online the One Nation leader had not intended to suggest the comments she quoted today related to today’s terrorist attack.

He acknowledged Mr Khan’s comments were made “some time ago”.

“You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan,” Donald Trump Jr wrote shortly after the attacks.

He linked to an article from the Independent published in September 2016.

London Mayor Saqiq Khan took to Twitter today to say Londoners would never be cowed by terrorism. Photo: Getty Images

The comment drew an angry response from British MP Wes Streeting, who accused Trump of trying to gain political mileage from the incident.

“You use a terrorist attack on our city to attack London's Mayor for your own political gain. You're a disgrace,” he tweeted.

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