Ocasio-Cortez Gets a Swift Reminder of Jeremy Corbyn’s Anti-Semitic Ties After Praising the UK Politician

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) faced some backlash after her recent conversation with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the British Labor Party.

According to their Twitter feeds, Ocasio-Cortez and Corbyn had a “wide-reaching” conversation about their political beliefs. The two seemed to be big fans of one another.

While the details of the conversation between Corbyn and Ocasio-Cortez are limited, many took issue with the fact that the congresswoman called it “an honor” to speak with Corbyn due to his complicated past with issues of anti-Semitism.

Corbyn has had several moments throughout his career that left most Britons believing that he is an anti-Semite.

Corbyn has voiced his support for anti-Semitic artwork in East London while voicing his opposition to the actions of the State of Israel in the Middle East. Corbyn has denied that he has any animosity toward Jewish people, but many of his supporters continue to push anti-Semitic content online.

Because of the widespread belief that Corbyn is an anti-Semite, Ocasio-Cortez’s support for him left some feeling concerned. Some even compared Ocasio-Cortez’s statement of support for Corbyn to the anti-Semitic ties of the leaders of the Women’s March, including Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour.

After the influx of backlash for her meeting with Corbyn, Ocasio-Cortez addressed the issue of anti-Semitism in response to a tweet from a concerned follower, Elad Nehorai, who is a fan of the congresswoman. She announced support for the Jewish community but didn’t directly condemn Corbyn or his past actions in any way.

The congresswoman said she would have her team “reach out” to Nehorai to hear his concerns about anti-Semitism from Corbyn and others.

Beyond anti-Semitism, some were upset with Ocasio-Cortez’s praise for Corbyn because of his support for secure borders for Great Britain and an exit from the European Union, commonly known as Brexit.

From the looks of things, Ocasio-Cortez seems open to listening to those who were concerned about Corbyn’s anti-Semitism, making it seem as though she may have been unaware of his rocky reputation prior to the conversation. Either way, she seems willing to learn from those who were concerned, which is a good practice for politicians.