Nigel Farage: Donald Trump Will Win If He Engages 'Non-Voting Ordinary People' Like Brexit-Backers

20/07/2016 20:54
Channel 4 News
Ukip's former leader Nigel Farage drew comparisons between 'Leave' and Trump fans

Nigel Farage has claimed there is a “commonality” between voters in the UK who backed Brexit and those who could deliver Donald Trump to the White House later this year. 

The ex-Ukip leader was speaking from the Republican Party convention in Cleveland, where Trump was yesterday confirmed as the nominee to run for US President.

He was quizzed by Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow, who asked what features ‘Leave’ voters in the recent EU referendum shared with supporters of the controversial Trump. 

Farage responded that both campaigns had engaged “the little people” - those who voted for the first time in decades because they felt enfranchised and empowered. 

“I do think [there is a commonality],” he said on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, why did Brexit succeed? It was because we managed to engage a group of people who have not voted for 20 years - or in some cases have never vote in their lives.

“[Those] who connected with the arguments and thought going out to vote might just make a diff, might just change things - and it did.”

Farage ended the segment with a piece of advice to Trump, saying: “My message here is if you can engage the ordinary people, engage the little people, anything is possible.”

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Donald Trump

But the prominent Brexit campaigner was not full of praise for Trump. Farage claimed some of the presidential nominee’s language - such as calling on supporter to rough up protesters at his rallies - was “inciteful”.

He claimed the bahaviour was neither “acceptable” nor “decent”.

“Perhaps it goes to show that whilst we share a language, we are two very different nations,” Farage quipped.


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