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Hillary Clinton Suggests Nigel Farage Is Worse Than Donald Trump After Republican And Ex-Ukip Leader Share Platform

Farage hits back at 'dodgy half-quotes'.

25/08/2016 21:45 | Updated 26 August 2016

Hillary Clinton has suggested Nigel Farage is worse than Donald Trump, condemning her Republican rival for sharing a platform with the ex-Ukip leader.

Clinton suggested it was Trump, not Farage, who came off worse when the pair appeared on stage in Mississippi on Wednesday evening.

Though Farage did not actually endorse Trump at the event, he said he would not vote Clinton “if she paid me” and told the audience: “Anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared to stand up against the establishment.”

On Thursday, Clinton hit back, accusing Farage of “stoking anti-immigration sentiment” to achieve Brexit in June’s referendum.

In a speech in Reno, Nevada about the so-called “Alt Right” movement, Clinton accused Farage of sexism and misogyny.

She said: “Just yesterday, one of Britain’s most prominent right-wing leaders, a man named Nigel Farage, who stoked anti-immigrant sentiments to win the referendum to have Britain leave the European Union, campaigned with Donald Trump in Mississippi.

“Farage has called for a bar on the children of legal immigrants from public schools and health services, has said women are and I quote ‘worth less than men’ and supports scrapping laws that prevent employers from discriminating based on race.

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Clinton speaking in Reno

“That is who Donald Trump wants by his side when he is addressing an audience of American voters.”

She said the “grand godfather” of the Alt Right movement Trump and Farage belonged to was led by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Clinton added: “In fact, Farage regularly appears on Russian propaganda programmes. Now he’s standing on the same stage as the Republican nominee.”

She said Trump’s reluctance to defend Eastern European countries against Russia and willingness to recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea “adds up to something we have never seen before.”

Farage attacked her on Twitter, saying she “should spend more time speaking to working people rather than attacking me using dodgy half-quotes”. 

Right-wing news website Breitbart carried Farage’s reaction, quoting him as saying: “I think Hillary Clinton is running scared. Her attacks on me are completely baseless. She sounds rather like Bob Geldof and can’t accept Brexit.”

The website’s report says: “Mr. Farage did not actually ever suggest that the children of legal immigrants are banned from public schools, but rather suggested that people who have not paid in to the UK tax system should not be the beneficiaries of public money until they have paid in.

“His comments, used widely out of context by Mrs. Clinton, also included the idea of having private insurance to use Britain’s public services – a common thing in the United States.”

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Trump (left) and Farage (right) on stage together

After Farage spoke about Brexit on Wednesday, Trump said: “Wow. Thank you Nigel, what a job. What a job he did. What a job he did. Against all odds. That was some job that he did, against all odds.”

The Republican added of the EU referendum result: “It’s looking like a very wise decision by the voters.”

In her Reno speech, Clinton said Trump was “taking hate groups mainstream,” allowing a “radical fringe” to take over the Republican Party.

Trump recently asked black voters, among whom he is deeply unpopular, what they “had to lose” in voting for him.

Clinton said: “It takes a lot of nerve to ask people he’s ignored and mistreated for decades, ‘What do you have to lose?’ The answer is everything.”

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