Democrat Speaker of US Congress meets Corbyn but does little except underline why the Democratic Party cannot afford to reject Sanders if they want to spare world second Trump term
Leading US Democrat Nancy Pelosi – who infamously said she didn’t see anything ‘inappropriate’ in the next most senior Democrat in Congress ‘rigging’ a primary contest – met Jeremy Corbyn yesterday at his Westminster office. The Democrats were accused, by 2020 Democrat presidential contender Elizabeth Warren among others, of rigging the 2016 selection against socialist Bernie Sanders and in favour of Hillary Clinton, who eventually lost the presidential election to Donald Trump.
Pelosi, whose organisation was condemned last year for an antisemitism smear against actress and candidate Cynthia Nixon, whose children are being raised in the Jewish faith, then went on to meet – and effectively endorse – the quitter MPs who left Labour earlier this year.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that Pelosi made a distinctly unpleasant impression during her meeting with Corbyn and his team, although of course she was politely heard. The word ‘underwhelming’ was probably the kindest descriptor.
Ms Pelosi, a thoroughly Establishment politician, embodies the reasons the Democrats should fear Donald Trump next year, though she appears to have learned nothing from the outcome of writing off the popular appeal of genuine left-wing candidates.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took the US by storm by defeating the chair of the ‘Democratic caucus’ in the US House of Representatives to win selection as the party’s candidate in her district – and then defeating her Republican opponent to become the youngest woman elected to Congress. But just yesterday, Pelosi tried to dismiss the significance of the socialist “AOC”‘s victory:
Pelosi had told 60 Minutes that the Democrats had to ‘hold the center, go down the mainstream’:
Ms Pelosi was corrected by the Democratic Socialists of America – who famously sang ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ at their national conference to celebrate Labour’s destruction of Theresa May’s majority in the 2017 general election:
The DSA’s question is a very relevant one. Nancy Pelosi’s desperate clinging to the so-called ‘centre’ is all too typical of the ‘more of the same’ politics and politicians rejected in the US in 2016 and increasingly internationally. It’s a ‘centrism’ that is essentially indistinguishable – just like that of the quitter-group MPs she praised – from the right-wing Establishment politics now widely and increasingly despised by an electorate sick of it being used as cover for the stripping of rights and social safety nets.
World-renowned author and activist Naomi Klein – whose book The Shock Doctrine is an outstanding analysis of how the type of politics and economics espoused by the right and so-called ‘centre’ is used to strip whole countries and regions of their assets and freedom – pulled no punches in publicly damning Pelosi’s endorsement of the ex-Labour quitters:
Bernie Sanders is now the favourite candidate among Democratic Party members to fight Donald Trump in 2020:
In sharp contrast to Pelosi’s drab endorsement of dreary centrism, Sanders has spoken frankly in praise of Jeremy Corbyn’s achievements and their significance:
Nancy Pelosi’s behaviour this week demonstrated that she has nothing to teach the Labour Party – and has learned nothing from Corbyn’s success or that of left-wingers in her own party in the US.
The Democrats have learned nothing from their catastrophic loss to Trump in 2016 – and in their supposed ‘mainstream’ they have nothing new to offer the US electorate. Worse, they have not learned even to cease undermining their best candidates, as Pelosi’s latest comments about Ocasio-Cortez and the Democrats’ smears against Cynthia Nixon late last year demonstrate.
Sanders is once again the favourite candidate of Democrat members. If Pelosi and her party persist in their wilful blindness and again work against his candidacy – none of the other hopefuls have anything like his profile or politics – they will likely be condemning the US and the rest of the world to another four years of Trump’s dystopia.
Thank whatever force you wish that the Labour Party now has leadership that isn’t impressed by big-name political bankruptcy and instead both promises genuine change and carries the popular appeal to begin to deliver it at the next general election.
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