Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage assured Donald Trump’s supporters that “anything is possible”, drawing parallels between the US election and Brexit, during an appearance in Mississippi.
Mr Farage appeared before an enthusiastic crowd of 15,000 people in Jacksonville after accepting an invite from the state’s governor, Phil Bryant. He offered himself as living proof that victory is possible for the New York businessman who was once considered a fringe candidate.
As Mr Trump falls short in the majority of national polls, Mr Farage told the story of Brexit and his unlikely victory against establishment politicians in Great Britain. He urged the crowd of 15,000 in Jackson to “stand up to the establishment” themselves.
“We reached those people who have never voted in their lives but believed they could take back control of their country, take back control of their borders, and get back their pride and self-respect,” he said.
But he pointed the finger at Barack Obama, whom Mr Farage credited for galvanising British voters to choose against staying in the European Union, after he urged them to stay.
“He talked down to us. He treated us as if we were nothing,” Mr Farage said.
Amid all the clamour Mr Farage made for Mr Trump, he stopped short of offering a formal endorsement. Instead, he insisted he would not vote for Hillary Clinton under any circumstances.
“I could not possibly tell you how to vote in this election,” he said. “But, you know, I get it. If I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me.
“In fact, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me.”
Mr Trump celebrated Brexit Wednesday evening while introducing the British nationalist.
“On June 23, the people of Britain voted to declare their independence – which is what we're also looking to do, folks – from their international government,” he said. “They voted to reclaim control over immigration, over economy, over government. …
“We will have one American nation, not divided. November 8 is our chance to re-declare American independence.”
Speaking to The Independent early Wednesday, Mr Farage said he was impressed by the enthusiasm for Brexit amongst Donald Trump’s base.
“I recognised the level of interest in Brexit was pretty high here in the US,” he said. “I was struck by the interest at the Republican National Convention.”
In a tweet last week, Mr Trump perhaps alluding his polling deficit and promise for unexpected victory, saying: “They will soon be calling me MR BREXIT.”
After the success of the Leave campaign, Mr Trump help a press conference on a new golf course he opened in Scotland, and lauded Britons for having “taken back their country”.
“They’re angry over borders, they’re angry over people coming into the country and taking over, nobody even knows who they are,” he said. “They’re angry about many, many things.”