Despite all odds, Nigel Farage’s UKIP party proved the polls wrong, and won the Brexit vote when no one thought they had a chance. Not so different from what Trump’s movement is facing right now, with every pundit, poll and mainstream media network claiming he doesn’t stand a chance.
Now known as “Mr. Brexit”, Nigel Farage just finished up speaking at a Donald Trump rally in Jackson, Mississippi as he fired up the crowd in a battle that many people have compared to the Brexit campaign in the UK.
Farage and his UKIP party were once dismissed by UK prime minister David Cameron, describing them as a party consisting of mostly “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists.” A typical strategy of the left, brand anyone who fights for the national pride of their nation as a racist, attempting to discredit them before voters actually listen to their message and realize it makes sense.
Mr. Farage had this to say in an interview prior to speaking at the Donald Trump rally in Mississippi:
“I’m telling a story about Brexit, and it’s a story that if the grassroots Republicans pick up, and if they understand that what they’ve got to do is not just sit in their armchairs, they’ve got to get out, put their walking boots on, deliver leaflets, go out and meet these people in the communities.
“In a sense what I’m saying is that we mobilized a people’s army in the United Kingdom that went out and spoke to everybody and got them down the polls, the same thing can happen here.”
Mr. Farage also accused President Barack Obama of having “talked down to the British people” by telling them how to vote in the referendum.
Nigel Farage has stated that just as Brexiteers mobilized a “people’s army”, so can Donald Trump in the United States for his party.
Donald Trump opened up the rally by comparing the Brexit vote as a vote for Britain’s independence, and said that’s exactly what a vote for Trump will be for America’s independence. He exclaimed, “November 8th, we re-declare American independence again!’
Appearing before more than 15,000 Trump supporters in Jackson, Mississippi, Nigel Farage told the crowd to “get your walking boots on” and to get out there and support Donald Trump.
A big contributing factor to the success of the Brexit, Farage stated, was their army of supporters going to door to door and recruiting new voters one at a time.
Farage brought a “message of hope” to the crowd at tonight’s rally, and related the story of his own party’s campaign against the big banks and “unelected leaders in Brussels.” He referenced his opposition’s “project fear”, in which they told Britain voters that if they voted for Brexit, there would be an economic collapse, chaos, anarchy and even World War 3 would break out.
Not unlike the Clinton campaign spinning Trump as the harbinger of doomsday, trying to instill fear in voters with an image of his “finger on the button.”
Nigel Farage even mentioned Barack Obama’s visit to the UK, which was met by loud boos from the crowd, stating that Obama talked down to his country and tried to warn them of the consequences of Brexit.
Farage stopped short of actually endorsing Donald Trump, saying since he was not an American citizen he would not tell citizens how to vote, but he did say, “I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me. In fact, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me.”
He ended with telling the crowd that they, “better get their walking boots on” and get out there and campaign, explaining that, “anything is possible if enough decent people stand up to the establishment!”
Both Trump’s and Farage’s speeches were widely popular with the audience, with tens of thousands more watching the live stream of this broadcast online.
Although one major difference between the voting process in the UK and the United States, is they used paper ballots and we use electronic voting machines. Reports circulated the day of the Brexit vote of many voters brining their own pens to mark their vote down, making sure that it couldn’t be erased as it could if they were using pencils.
Finally, Donald Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, in an interview with UK Channel 4, reminded voters that polling for Brexit, which showed a majority in favor of staying in the EU, is analogous to recent polls that show Trump losing to Clinton
The Hill reports:
Everyone “looking at this calmly and objectively” thinks something similar to the Brexit could happen in the U.S., she said.
“I think if the elites — what I call the wrist-flickers — are just dismissing that. ‘Oh Donald Trump can never be president, oh, Brexit is so — it’s just for these unwashed rubes, these hillbillies with no teeth and long hair.’ I mean that’s just unfair,” Conway added.
Video of this historical Donald Trump rally in Jackson, Mississippi, including Nigel Farage can be viewed below, courtesy of Right Side Broadcasting: