We’re here in Westminster
in central London on the second day of Donald
Trump’s state visit to the UK as Together Against Trump,
the main demonstration against his being
here, winds down. We’ve just heard a series of
speeches from prominent figures on the Left attacking his
visit, and drawing boos from mentions of names
like Nigel Farage, Tommy Robinson, Boris Johnson. All figures on the
British Right that people are linking with Donald Trump. What does it feel like
for you as an American seeing some of the most senior
British politicians criticising him in this way, and linking
him to British politics? Yeah, it’s great. I wish more American politicians
would do the same, especially the Republicans. We heard a speech
from Jeremy Corbyn that really mentioned many
of his long-term political interests. The issues in the Middle East,
opposition to war, and we saw him standing
in a demonstration of the extraordinary
polarisation of British politics with some
figures here on the really far-left of British politics,
like Lindsey German of the Stop the War Coalition. So I say to our visitors
that have arrived this week, think on, please, about a
world that is one of peace and disarmament, is one of
recognising the values of all people, is a world that defeats
racism, defeats misogyny, defeats the religious
hatreds that are being fueled by the far-rght in politics,
in Britain, in Europe, and the United States. Really what Jeremy Corbyn seems
to be trying to do is to draw some of that angry energy
against Donald Trump, and re-energise
the Labour party, which has just had a very
poor European elections. I think it’s been hard
for Corbyn recently, because the whole
position about Brexit is that he never
really endorsed Europe. He always called it a monolithic
bank, so he suffered for that, and coming out
today has probably given him a huge boost. The question is, will it work? Organisers of this
protest had hoped there could be up to
250,000 people here. I’m not much good
at counting crowds, but it certainly looked as
if there were 10,000 or fewer at this demonstration, meaning
that Jeremy Corbyn’s really been speaking to his base. And the question for both the
big parties in British politics at the moment is how to reach
out to undecided voters, and I think that question really
remains open after today’s demonstration.