The AOC praises the UK political system for the ousting of Liz Truss and complains that it is ‘extremely difficult’ to hold party leaders accountable in the US: a member of the team complains about ‘the no recovery” for Trump
- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked in an Instagram Q&A how the world views the resignation of British Prime Minister Liz Truss
- The US system ‘requires people to have much more limited policy options’
- But Truss was elected and removed from office in six weeks without a single public vote.
- “Think about it: we had Trump for four years! No recovery! Imagine being stuck like this,’ Ocasio-Cortez posted on her Instagram Story.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credited Britain’s political system for enabling the ousting of Liz Truss as Prime Minister after just six tumultuous weeks
Progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised the UK’s political system for making possible the ousting of Prime Minister Liz Truss while simultaneously taking a veiled swipe at the party politics of her fellow Democrats.
In a Saturday night Instagram post, the New York Democrat complained that her home country’s political system gave people “limited policy options” compared to the UK.
It is unclear what political freedoms in the UK she was considering when comparing the two systems. Truss’ brief and tumultuous term came and went without a single everyday Briton voting.
The British Conservative leader announced outside 10 Downing Street on Thursday that she would be stepping down after just 44 days on the job.
Its six weeks have been marred by economic turmoil and a cross-party rebellion sparked by a controversial tax cut plan that sent the value of the pound into a downward spiral.
But Ocasio-Cortez has always championed it as a positive alternative to the American system, because the latter’s rules allow Donald Trump to serve a full term as president.
In a Q&A on her Instagram Story, Ocasio-Cortez was asked by a British supporter about how England’s political turmoil is viewed outside – adding it was a source of embarrassment for them.
‘I can’t speak for the world, but honestly I respect the UK for having a sufficiently responsive and independent political system to make corrections quickly in situations like these,’ the lawmaker replied.
“I respect that your parliamentary system seems to offer a greater level of independence and accountability than the United States, where our two-party duopoly forces people to have much more limited political options.”
The Tory leader has announced she will step down after her controversial tax cut plan sent UK markets into turmoil
In an apparent jab at the leadership of Congress, she added: ‘Our system makes it extremely difficult to hold one’s own party leadership accountable without being accused (and in some cases actually risking) ‘helping the other party’ , which only further protects (or erodes) the status quo.’
“Think about it: we had Trump for four years! No recovery! Imagine being stuck like that,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Or be a rich country with no guaranteed health care. Now that’s embarrassing.
But far from giving the public a chance to choose a new leader, Britain’s Conservative Party appears to be resisting calls from left-wing Labor to hold a new general election – which would see the Tories risk losing their power in office.
Currently, the next election is scheduled for January 2025.
As things stand, Tory MPs are due to vote for a new leader among themselves next week. Among the favorites is former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Outside the Prime Minister’s residence at No 10 Downing on Thursday, Truss acknowledged the tumultuous financial situation the world has found itself in during his short tenure as leader.
Ocasio-Cortez held the UK parliamentary system against the US political system when asked during an Instagram Q&A
“I took office at a time of great economic and international instability. Families and businesses worried about how to pay their bills. Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine threatens the security of our entire continent. And our country has been held back for too long by weak economic growth,” Truss said.
“We set out a vision for a low-tax, high-growth economy that would take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit.”
She added: “I recognise, however, given the situation, that I cannot fulfill the term for which I was elected by the Conservative Party.”
“I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to inform him of my resignation as leader of the Conservative Party.”
US President Joe Biden, who previously called Truss’ tax plan a “mistake”, credited the beleaguered politician for her “partnership” in leading the West’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine , in a statement reacting to his resignation.
He reaffirmed his gratitude for his collaboration on Ukraine when asked by reporters if Truss had done “the right thing” on Thursday morning.
“Well, that’s up to her, but look, she was a good partner for Russia and Ukraine,” Biden told reporters as he traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “The Brits will solve their problems, but she was a good partner.”