Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has attempted to attack Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter. But the stunt did not end well, as social media users were quick to point out the MP’s hypocrisy.
This is Corbyn’s Labour. pic.twitter.com/tZRJu6tuqu
— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) December 16, 2017
Scores of people responded to Dorries’ tweet, ridiculing it:
You're not seriously suggesting Corbyn has a personal army of trolls that he orders around ?
This type of politics is getting very silly!
— Kris Bhojwani (@KrisBhojwani) December 17, 2017
No, this is inciting hatred. The Lords have asked you to stop. You are damaging democracy and creating a highly toxic atmosphere. Leave the Mail in the gutter. Nobody should spread this bile. Lead by example. Be kind like Jeremy.
— Dave Another World Is Possible (@eivlion) December 17, 2017
Clutching at straws
There should be no personal hostility and nobody should feel intimidated at any time. So no foul or abusive language will be tolerated and all candidates should be listened to with courtesy and respect…
But The Daily Mail‘s story still links alleged abusive behaviour from individuals directly to Corbyn.
Tonight, the Tory rebels have put a spring in Labours step, given them a taste of winning, guaranteed the party a weekend of bad press, undermined the PM and devalued her impact in Brussels. They should be deselected and never allowed to stand as a Tory MP, ever again.
— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) December 13, 2017
The Daily Mail reacted to the Brexit ‘rebellion’ with a front page naming all of the rebel MPs and printing their photos under the headline Proud of yourselves?
Critics accused the newspaper of “bullying” and putting MPs at risk.
You only have to look at the vitriol, the death threats – I don’t do social media, but even so I’ve had to report certain things off to the police… It is a torrent – and it is all ‘you are stopping Brexit’.
Yes, I have had death threats. All my colleagues have had threats, mine were a voicemail message and a couple of emails…
The allegations of abuse at the centre of this story are very serious. Nevertheless, Dorries and The Daily Mail have both used them to try to smear Corbyn. They’ve attempted to associate him with the kind of behaviour that he has repeatedly condemned. But as the chorus of tweets debunking that association demonstrate, people aren’t so easily manipulated.
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