Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has said he is aware of the rise of the left-wing British MP, [who won] the Labour party leadership contest, and says he sees parallels between his campaign and the current state of left-wing politics in the UK.
“Whether it’s the UK or here in the US, people are sick and tired of establishment politics,” Sanders told BuzzFeed News on the campaign trail in Iowa. “They are sick and tired of a politics in which people continue to represent the rich and the powerful.”
For a British observer, watching Sanders is like watching Corbyn two months ago – a candidate drawing enormous crowds but still dismissed as an unelectable crank by the mainstream media and political establishment. In the UK that changed when it was realised that the enormous rallies and social media backing were actually turning into real support at the polls.
Just as Corbyn unexpectedly [won] in the Labour leadership, so Sanders is surprising the Democratic establishment by leading Hillary Clinton in early polls in Iowa and New Hampshire.
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