Five Ways Bernie Sanders Is Not Like Jeremy Corbyn
Corbyn makes Bernie Sanders look like Ted Cruz.
Nevertheless, in many important ways, Bernie Sanders is not like Jeremy Corbyn. Here are five of them:
1. Sanders has long been a critical supporter of Israel and its right to exist. Corbyn has not. Last year Sanders was willing to take on some anti-Israel constituents at a town hall meeting in Vermont:
Can you imagine Jeremy Corbyn saying any of the things Sanders says after “On the other hand” (2:34) about his “friends” in Hamas?
While Corbyn grants interviews with Press TV, that Iranian propaganda outlet publishes denunciations of Sanders as “a strong supporter of the American military-industrial complex as well as Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.” Sanders has consistently voted for military aid to Israel.
2. I can’t imagine a pro-Putin regime website publishing an article titled “Jeremy Corbyn Is a Russia-Bashing, Pro-Israel, Militarist Tool.” Sanders’s foreign policy positions are viewed as excessively mainstream and insufficiently “anti-imperialist” by many on the Left.
3. Sanders supports US airstrikes against the Islamic State. Corbyn opposes any military action against IS, and believes they can be negotiated with.
4. Corbyn, who is always pleased to express solidarity with any nominally “socialist” regime, would never say, as Sanders did:
“The minimum wage in Vietnam is 56 cents an hour. Workers there cannot form independent unions. And if you protest government policy, you might end up in trouble. OK?”
5. Corbyn seems anxious to avoid potentially unfriendly or uncomfortable questions. Sanders, by contrast, seems to relish confrontational questions (even on Fox News) and the opportunity to appear before audiences that disagree with him on many issues- as he did Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.