Jeremy Corbyn responds to Donald Trump win – ‘An unmistakable rejection of a political establishment’

Jeremy Corbyn responds to Donald Trump win: ‘An unmistakable rejection of a political establishment’

‘Many in Britain and elsewhere will be understandably shocked by Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, the rhetoric around it and what the election result means for the rest of the world, as well as America’

Ashley Cowburn, Political Correspondent

Jeremy Corbyn has said Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States is an “unmistakable rejection” of the political establishment and an economic system that has delivered escalating inequality.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Getty Images

His comments come after Theresa May, the Prime Minister, congratulated the President-elect and said Britain and America will remain “strong and close partners”. Unlike her predecessor – who had branded Mr Trump’s previous comments “stupid, divisive and wrong” – Ms May has avoided directly criticising the Republican over his previous incendiary remarks.

In a statement the Labour leader said: “Many in Britain and elsewhere will be understandably shocked by Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, the rhetoric around it and what the election result means for the rest of the world, as well as America.

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“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.

“But some of Trump’s answers to the big questions facing America, and the divisive rhetoric around them, are clearly wrong.

“I have no doubt, however, that the decency and common sense of the American people will prevail, and we send our solidarity to a nation of migrants, innovators and democrats.

“After this latest global wake up call, the need for a real alternative to a failed economic and political system could not be clearer.

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About the author

Ashley Cowburn is a Political Correspondent at The Independent. He was the winner of the 2014 Anthony Howard Award for young journalists.

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