POLITICS
06/09/2017 10:03 am ET

Bernie Sanders Congratulates Jeremy Corbyn On U.K. Election Gains

"There is a real similarity between what he has done and what I did," Sanders said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) didn’t wait long to praise British politician and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday after Corbyn’s party won back at least 29 parliamentary seats in a shocker snap election in the United Kingdom.

Many believe that Sanders and Corbyn are cut from the same cloth ― including Sanders himself.

“What has impressed me ― and there is a real similarity between what he has done and what I did ― is he has taken on the establishment of the Labour Party, he has gone to the grassroots and he has tried to transform that party … and that is exactly what I am trying to do,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said on a speaking tour in the U.K. last week. “I am also impressed by his willingness to talk about class issues.” 

Thursday’s election represents a major loss for Prime Minister Theresa May, whose Conservative Party was expected to win big, but as of Friday, is slated to lose 12 seats. Without a majority, May decided to strike a deal with the ultra-conservative Northern Irish Democratic Union Party to not give up power.

“The mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence,” Corbyn said in a speech early Friday. He even called on May to resign. “You know what? Politics has changed. Politics isn’t going back into the box where it was before.”

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