While Theresa May has offered Donald Trump her congratulations this morning, the leader of the opposition has no kind words for the newly elected President of the United States. Jeremy Corbyn has issued a lengthy statement on the result — describing Trump’s answers to the ‘big questions facing America’ as wrong and offering his solidarity to ‘a nation of migrants, innovators and democrats’.
Although the Labour leader criticises Trump, the bulk of his statement is aimed at the failure of the ‘governing elite’. He says the verdict is the ‘unmistakable rejection of a political establishment’ and points to ‘the need for a real alternative to a failed economic and political system’:
‘Trump’s election is an unmistakable rejection of a political establishment and an economic system that simply isn’t working for most people. It is one that has delivered escalating inequality and stagnating or falling living standards for the majority, both in the US and Britain. This is a rejection of a failed economic consensus and a governing elite that has been seen not to have listened. And the public anger that has propelled Donald Trump to office has been reflected in political upheavals across the world.’
However — while some Democrats are already claiming they would have won had they had a more far-left candidate — it doesn’t follow that Corbyn’s policies on the economy and immigration are the ‘alternatives’ voters want.