- Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed the UK Labour Party hours before they suffered a massive defeat in Thursday’s general election.
- She shared a video from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about government spending cuts under the Conservative government, and said: “This video is about the UK, but it might as well have been produced about the United States.”
- But Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won a overwhelming majority, prompting Corbyn to announce that he will resign.
- Some view UK Labour’s loss as a blow to the left-wingers in the US, though it is a matter of debate how precisely the two overlap.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wholeheartedly embraced the UK Labour Party hours before it suffered a massive defeat in Thursday’s general election.
Ocasio-Cortez shared a video from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday, election day in Britain, that attacked the Conservative government there over their record of cutting public spending.
It showed members of the Conservative party talking about cuts to public spending, interlaced with news clips about children using food banks and the record number of British billionaires.
“This video is about the UK, but it might as well have been produced about the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
“The hoarding of wealth by the few is coming at the cost of peoples’ lives. The only way we change is with a massive surge of *new* voters at the polls. UK, Vote!”
But Labour suffered a crushing defeat in the election, with the Conservatives securing a large majority of seats.
After the result, Corbyn announced that he was stepping down as the head of the party and would not lead it into the next election cycle.
Although she is a political celebrity in the US, Ocasio-Cortez’s ability to drive votes in Britain is relatively limited. However, she and many others in US politics see parallels between the two nations.
In this case, her hope that an anti-cuts message would prove effective across the Atlantic did not come to pass.
Some Democrats – most prominently Joe Biden – are taking Labour’s defeat as evidence that only a centrist candidate can defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Corbyn’s election as Labour leader in 2015 was hailed as a turning point for the UK left, pushing it further from the centre.
Corbyn and Ocasio-Cortez share similar policy aims, and the pair had a phone conversation in February that Ocasio-Cortez called “lovely and wide-reaching.”
Corbyn then tweeted: “Great to speak to @AOC on the phone this evening and hear first hand how she’s challenging the status quo.
“Let’s build a movement across borders to take on the billionaires, polluters and migrant baiters, and support a happier, freer and cleaner planet.”
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