ITV’s Robert Peston paints the British as pro-Trump in a desperate attack on Jeremy Corbyn

Robert Peston and Jeremy Corbyn

ITV political editor Robert Peston attempted to paint working-class UK people as pro-Donald Trump on 3 June. Peston made the claim in an attack on Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader announced he will speak at the anti-Trump protest on 4 June. But contrary to Peston’s argument, British people uniformly hold a negative opinion of the US president.

Complete nonsense

Peston based his piece on the idea that only middle-class Londoners are anti-Trump:


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But he appears to have plucked that claim out of thin air:

According to YouGov polling, 61% of working class northerners have a negative view of Trump, compared to only 23% who view him positively.

As well as speaking at the protest, Corbyn boycotted the state banquet for Trump. Labour’s view is that the UK government should maintain a businesslike relationship with the US president, but not roll out the red carpet for him with an official state visit. Theresa May and the Conservatives, meanwhile, have literally done that.

“Patronising and offensive”

On social media, people condemned Peston:

The ITV political editor really exposed his own biases with this attack line. Corbyn’s opposition to Trump is in line with public opinion, while May and the Conservatives are appeasing a far-right president. So Peston resorted to using fantasy working-class northerners to try and undermine Corbyn’s position. And he only ended up with egg on his face.

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