This week, President Donald Trump arrived in the U.K. to a sea of British pomp and leftist protest. Union Jacks, rainbow flags, the infamous Trump Baby Blimp, and a scathing editorial by London Mayor Sadiq Khan greeted the arrival of the US president.
Writing for the Observer, the diminutive Labor leader accused Trump of fomenting a “growing global threat” of the “far right.” Khan ominously warned that this “sinister” force is “gaining ground and winning power and influence.”
Former Colorado Governor and Democratic candidate for president John Hickenlooper, however, just experienced the TransAtlantic cultural exchange in the precise reverse. On Saturday, at a meeting in San Francisco, delegates to the California Democratic Party convention booed the former governor for daring to oppose Socialism. Hickenlooper, who oversaw the legalization of marijuana in his state, told the gathered left wing activists, “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, Socialism is not the answer.”
The editor in chief of the venerable Gallup polling organization tells The Hill newspaper that the Democratic Socialist parties of Western Europe have popularized the Socialist brand on American shores. A recent Gallup poll finds that 43% of Americans now believe Socialism “would be a good thing,” including 57% of Democrats. Many Americans admit they are unsure what it entails. Only one in ten were able to define Socialism correctly, according to a Harris poll published last week. But many have absorbed the European message peddled by politicians like Khan that it means less poverty and more government funded necessities.
Chin up, Mayor Khan, old boy. In the age of the Interwebs, politics are a two way virtual street.