US President Donald Trump’s administration has been foraying into British politics; last week, during his UK visit, Trump praised Boris Johnson, lauding him as an acceptable successor to Theresa May, while snubbing Jeremy Corbyn, calling the Labour leader a negative force.
US State Secretary Mike Pompeo has been accused of trying to stop the UK’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn from becoming prime minister; an audio clip leaked to the Washington Post featured him reassuring Jewish leaders that he would “push back” against the Labour party’s leadership after continued allegations of anti-Semitism within its fold.
In a recording leaked to the Washington Post, Mike Pompeo was apparently asked what he would do if Jeremy Corbyn were elected prime minister.
The questioner asked: “Would you be willing to work with us to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews in the UK?”
In the response, Mike Pompeo appears to suggest he would seek a pre-emptive push back before Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had an opportunity to claim the prime minister’s seat.
“It could be that Mr. Corbyn manages to run the gauntlet and get elected,” he said in the audio clip.
“It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best. It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.”
The questioner said: “Would you be willing to work with us to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews in the UK?” In response, Pompeo appeared to suggest that he would seek to intervene in the debate before Corbyn had a chance to become prime minister.
“We will do our level best” to stop him
The corporate media and political establishment’s propaganda campaign to demonise Corbyn as an antisemite has clearly gained traction overseas. Antisemitism exists in the UK Labour Party. But Corbyn’s political opponents and the corporate media stand accused of inflating the issue to try and destroy his transformational programme for the UK.
Antisemitism cases relate to less than 0.1% of the party’s 540,000 strong membership. And Corbyn himself has a long history of fighting for Jewish causes, including signing parliamentary motions condemning antisemitic abuse and campaigning to save a Jewish cemetery from property developers.
Under the cover of stopping antisemitism, Pompeo may have just revealed a little too much about US interference in the UK. A Corbyn premiership would no doubt be a major blow to US foreign policy and crony capitalist interests. And, from 1946 – 2000, the US interfered in at least 81 foreign elections.
In response, a Labour spokesperson said:
President Trump and his officials’ attempts to decide who will be Britain’s next prime minister are an entirely unacceptable interference in the UK’s democracy.