Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime left-wing Labour politician, won his party’s leadership contest in a landslide vote this morning. And Donald Trump accidentally congratulated him. Into his endless timeline of compliments and insults came a sincere-looking comment from @HamishP95, a self-described Labour Party member with a couple hundred followers. Trump retweeted it.The historically successful troll, who has previously joke-retweeted Trump, declared total victory.
He pulled it off because Corbyn’s campaign, the political story of the summer in Britain, has gotten little attention in the United States. That won’t last. Corbyn, a far-left Labour politician who has represented part of London for 32 years, entered the party’s post-defeat leadership contest to provide an alternative to three candidates perceived as bland and moderate. He caught fire, bolstered by party rules that allowed anyone who donated 5 pounds to cast a ballot. As the membership rolls expanded, Corbyn’s opponents mined his old comments about the Falklands War (against), Hamas (worth talking to), and nationalization (for it, to a point) for a silver bullet.
Nothing worked — not even increasingly desperate columns from former prime minister Tony Blair, the Labour Party’s most successful politician in its century-plus history. That has already lead to some of the most hysterical coverage ever afforded a candidate for party leadership. It’s only gotten to America in the form of a question about Corbyn, which Buzzfeed recently asked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
“I’m not familiar with what’s going on daily,” Sanders said. “I am familiar with the candidate. But I think that is what’s going on in this campaign. The American people are saying: Enough’s enough!”
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