In a moment that has perfectly betrayed the true thoughts and opinions of many Jeremy Corbyn’s critics, the Labour Party leader has refused to attend a state dinner with “racist and misogynist” Donald Trump, leading to condemnation from the usual collection of wingnuts.
However, in standing with Trump, many Corbyn-critics betray many of the true reasons they stand against the socialist leader, their concerns not coming from a position of middle-class disapproval, but rather from the fact that they themselves stand with Trump’s racist bigotry and object to a leader who espouses only tolerance and equality.
Corbyn joins a swathe of his fellow politicians in boycotting Trump, including Speaker John Bercow and Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, objection to Trump and his visit crossing party lines. However, it is Corbyn (as ever) who has attracted most column inches and the most rabidly hysterical reactions on social media.
“Theresa May should not be rolling out the red carpet for a state visit to honour a president who rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric. Maintaining an important relationship with the United States does not require the pomp and ceremony of a state visit. It is disappointing that the prime minister has again opted to kowtow to this US administration. I would welcome a meeting with President Trump to discuss all matters of interest.”Jeremy Corbyn
The staggering level of vitriol directed at Corbyn for having the temerity not to dine with the man who inspired Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant sent the media into a frothing frenzy, their far-right love-in with Trump being layed bare for all to see.
One of the popular lines was the whining whataboutery of “but, but the IRA… but, but Hamas”, critics either failing to understand the difference between attempting to broker peace and sanctioning the approval of hate. Either that or they are willfully ignoring the facts to suit what they believe to be an exploitable piece of politics. The British press would never do such a thing though, would they.
The absolute state of these.
Once again the Conservative Party and the far-right to right-wing press show how out of touch with the popular opinion they actually are and exactly what demographic they’re printing their news for.
63% of the British public believe he makes the world a more dangerous place, 62% don’t think that Donald Trump speaks for people like them, 60% think he is dishonest, 53% don’t believe he’s good for the UK.
It is clear that the newspapers and politicians lining up in defense of Donald Trump and against Jeremy Corbyn do not represent the interests or opinions of the British public, nor do the far-right lynch mob on Twitter. What is abundantly clear however is just how much of the objection and conspiracy theories surrounding Corbyn and his leadership is coming from the far-right and those with far-right sympathies.
Let us take a moment to remember just who else has stood behind Donald Trump. They include Ford County terrorist Michael Hari, Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant, Florida terrorist Cesar Sayoc, coast guard terrorist Christopher Paul Hasson and Patrick W. Carlineo Jr who threatened to shoot Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a few names from thousands of Islamophobes and white nationalists who ally with the American President.
If Donald Trump was a British citizen, there would be a clear case for prosecuting him under both the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 and the Malicious Communications Act 1988. Had he not been President of the United States, Britain would be well within its rights to ban him from entering the country as both a threat to national security and a hate preacher who has inspired religious and racial violence around the world.
Jeremy Corbyn is quite right not to dine with Trump, a position supported by the British electorate. Doing so merely gives visual approval of both his actions and his statements and gives yet further power to white nationalism and religious hatred around the globe. Once again, while members of the Conservative Party and press would rather ally themselves with a divisive American neo-fascist, Jeremy Corbyn is doing his patriotic duty as leader of the opposition to represent the interests of the British public and support the cohesion of the British nation.
But tell us again about how Corbyn is a traitor.
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