In fact, for several hours the hashtag was trending globally. Although the mainstream media took no notice, and press coverage is filled with anti-Corbyn attacks yet again, the show of support for the Labour leader was extraordinary.
From Labour voters to members of the shadow cabinet, thousands joined in the Twitter storm.
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#WeAreCorbyn I am proud to stand in absolute solidarity with my comrade and friend, Jeremy Corbyn, who has stood with me and so many others for decades in campaigns for peace, justice and against all forms of oppression and discrimination.
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) August 2, 2018
Labour Party chair Ian Lavery also reminded people of Corbyn’s longstanding fight against oppression:
Jeremy Corbyn stood behind the miners in 1984/85, when others turned their backs on the historic struggle which saw many workers receive criminal records and other striking miners killed.
For that alone you have my full support!#WeAreCorbyn
— Ian Lavery MP (@IanLaveryMP) August 2, 2018
And other Labour MPs offered support too:
A leader with integrity that fights for justice, equality and against discrimination. I'm honoured to call him my friend and our Labour leader. We are for the many not the few. #WeAreCorbyn
— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) August 2, 2018
— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) August 2, 2018
— Chris Williamson MP #GTTO (@DerbyChrisW) August 2, 2018
And #WeAreCorbyn trended globally:
So the anti Corbyn Progress Portland bots are angry this morning because they were swamped and #WeAreCorbyn trended at No1 GLOBALLY. We Are Many Ye are Few.
— Definitely Donald #GTTO #OpenSelection (@delhi_dave) August 3, 2018
The response was phenomenal. It was trending at No. 1 on Twitter in the UK and – for several hours – globally:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a response to a hashtag like #WeAreCorbyn before.
— Rachael Swindon #GTTO (@Rachael_Swindon) August 2, 2018
— StAN Labour (@LabourStan) August 2, 2018
Not only has #WeAreCorbyn been #1 in UK trending all night, it's so viral it reached #3 Worldwide.
We want a better, fairer Britain with opportunities for all, not ruinous hard-right dogma, discredited neoliberal dogma & deliberate establishment barriers to social mobility.
— Another Angry Voice (@Angry_Voice) August 2, 2018
In the face of continued media attacks and criticism, the hashtag’s ranking on Twitter shows how strong grassroots Labour support really is.
For the many. Not the few.
The tweets showed a range of support for Labour policy under Corbyn. People expressed support for its stance on the rights of sick and disabled people, the NHS, education, and ending the misery caused by austerity. Voters came out in force to share their views.
Meanwhile, many shared this now iconic image of Corbyn:
Jeremy Corbyn didn't oppose apartheid in South Africa because he was anti-Afrikaners.
He doesn't oppose apartheid in Israel because he's anti-Semitic.
— Hajo Meyer's Violin (@WarmongerHodges) August 2, 2018
And others gave their own reasons for believing in Corbyn:
— 🕊CrémantCommunarde #GeneralElectionNow (@0Calamity) August 2, 2018
The media seem to want to ignore the fact that many people joined the Labour Party only because Corbyn became leader. So, while some critics have argued that this support is simply a ‘cult of personality‘ trend, they’ve ignored something vital.
It’s hard, if not impossible, to imagine an “I support Theresa May” hashtag trending on Twitter. While people march in their thousands to support the NHS, no one marches to defend Tory cuts or austerity. But no matter how hard the right-wing press come after Corbyn, his grassroots support grows even stronger.
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