Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) faced blistering criticism from conservatives on Thursday, Dec. 12, for meddling in foreign elections—and endorsing the head of United Kingdom’s radical left Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, who has frequently been called out for allegedly being an anti-Semite.
“This video is about the UK, but it might as well have been produced about the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a Dec. 12 tweet above a video backing the Labour Party she shared.
“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!” AOC wrote, arguing that Britain’s working class is suffering under the more conservative economic policies.
The controversial freshman lawmaker was met with immediate backlash on Twitter.
“For Jews who are worried about the Corbynization of the Democratic Party, AOC officially endorsing Corbyn is going to look like confirmation of their worst fears,” Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) said in a Dec. 12 tweet.
“AOC endorsing Corbyn is a major moment, and for all those who cover anything remotely in the orbit of any of this: You will be judged on how you cover it. Just letting you know. This will be a big part of your grade for the semester,” Washington Examiner Executive Editor Seth Mandel tweeted.
“@AOC backs far Left Marxist Jeremy Corbyn who hates America and Israel and has advanced an anti-Semitic agenda in the Labour Party. This says a lot about the liberal left in the US Today,” foreign policy analyst Nile Gardiner said regarding AOC’s support for Corbyn, Fox reports.
Despite Corbyn’s recent apology regarding the anti-Semitism allegations, he has—as Fox News pointed out—turned down opportunities of doing so despite being asked several times in a Nov. 26 interview with BBC.
“Good news as UK voters reject @jeremycorbyn and his ugly #antisemitism. Still stunned that @AOC and other US pols endorsed him. Let’s hope this will push him from center stage and drain the hate out of British politics, let alone the rest of the world,” read a tweet by Johathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL).
Greenblatt’s tweet comes following news that Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, would no longer be leading his party in upcoming elections amid a time where the party is facing its worst electoral loss in 84 years, Haaretz reported on Dec. 13.
“I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign,” Corbyn said, adding that the party needed to reflect and that he would lead the party as it discussed its future.