It was a match made in anti-establishment heaven when Nigel Farage appeared next to Donald Trump at a Mississippi rally last night. One week after Trump tweeted that “They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT,” the real Mr. Brexit spoke alongside Trump in a much anticipated event.
Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party and according to many the chief proponent of the successful Brexit campaign, joined Trump on stage at a rally to draw similarities between the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and Trump’s insurgent campaign. He started off by focusing on a common enemey, President Barack Obama, whom he savaged for urging British voters to remain in the European Union ahead of the “Brexit” referendum: “He talked down to us. He treated us as if we were nothing,” Farage said, and while he declined to endorse Trump, he opined on the US presidential election.
“I will say this: If I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me. I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me,” Farage said, as Trump’s supporters roared with approval.
Political observers have drawn a slew of similarities between Trump’s campaign and the pro-Brexit movement and Trump has also approvingly likened the two political movements.
Farage’s visit came as Trump trail Hillary in the polls, with the British politician seeking to encourage Trump supporters not to despair, pointing to polling in the UK that hinted at defeat for the referendum to leave the EU. “And actually they were all wrong,” Farage said.
He concluded with the following advice: “if you want change, you better get your walking boots on, you better get out there campaigning and remember, anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared to stand up against the establishment.”