Nigel Farage says Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric makes him 'very uncomfortable'

'We may speak the same language, but the cultural differences are really big,' the former UKIP leader says of Mr Trump's supporters

Jess Staufenberg
Sunday 24 July 2016 15:32 BST
Farage uncomfortable about Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric

Nigel Farage feels "very uncomfortable" about Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, the former UKIP leader has said.

And Republican supporters who have cheered a presidential candidate who wants to block Muslims from entering the United States and oppose any gun controls make Mr Farage feel "left wing" and confused.

The MEP said he liked Mr Trump's "daring" anti-establishment message, but rapidly distanced himself from the Republican nominee's inflammatory comments about Muslims when challenged by a journalist.

"I think that what [Mr Trump] said about Muslims, and we've got other politicians in Europe doing the same, if we're labelling a whole section of our community effectively bad, that is not the way forward," he told Sky News.

French politician Marine Le Pen, head of Eurosceptic National Front party, has previously been cleared of inciting hatred towards Muslims after comparing Islamic prayers in the street to Nazi occupation.

Mr Farage was recently been reported to the police for inciting racial hatred over UKIP's poster showing Middle Eastern refugees with the words "Breaking Point" written over them. More than 40,000 people signed the complaint against him.

Meanwhile, reports of hate crime against Eastern European, black, minority ethnic and disabled UK citizens and workers have risen 42 per cent on last year since the Brexit campaign.

When asked whether he felt "left-wing" in Cleveland, Mr Farage said "very much so".

"We may speak the same language, but the cultural differences are really big," he said, citing Republican opposition to healthcare provision as an example.

Mr Farage has himself advocated for an insurance or privately-run healthcare system in the past.

He also said Chris Christie urging the crowd to chant "Lock her up, lock her up" in reference to Democrat nominee Hilary Clinton, and Mr Trump allegedly encouraging his supporters to beat up protesters at rallies made him think "is really happening?"

Unequivocal support for the right to buy and carry guns was "crazy", he added.

"I think it's absolutely mad that you can go to a supermarket and buy a rifle without basically proving who you are," he said.

"I think some of that stuff [on gun law] is really strange."

Last year, Mr Farage claimed that some Muslims wanted to form a "fifth column and kill us".

And following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November, he said "there is a problem with some of the Muslim community in this country. There is a problem and we have to be honest about it."

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