Former U.K. Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage weighed in on the parallels between the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union and Republican nominee Donald Trump’s anti-establishment presidential campaign.
“The lessons, the parallels, are clear. What we did in the U.K. on the 23rd of June, was to strike the first really big blow against the professional political class working hand in glove with the giant multinationals and the big Wall Street banks,” Farage told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.
Farage then reacted to reports that polls on the morning of the Brexit vote showed the ‘leave’ side was substantially behind despite ultimately ending the day with a victory.
“The morning of the vote was quite remarkable, there was an opinion poll issued by what was a reputable polling company showing the ‘remain’ side ten points in the lead. And I genuinely think that what went on at the end of that campaign was a deliberate media and establishment attempt to say to voters, ‘look, Brexit isn’t going to win so why bother to go out to vote for it.’”
Farage explained that this was a key part of his message to Trump supporters.
“And what I was saying to Trump supporters last night is whatever gets said in the next 73 days in this campaign, even if they tell you that the Donald can’t win, don’t believe them, because what we saw was the deliberate attempt to fiddle the figures. Luckily we ignored it and we beat them.”
Farage then weighed in on Obama’s trip to Britain in April in which he told voters to support the U.K. remaining in the European Union.
When Varney pointed out claims that the British people resented President Obama traveling to Britain in April and telling voters to support the U.K. remaining in the European Union and that Americans might view Farage’s comments on the U.S. election in a similar way, Farage responded, “I didn’t tell anyone how to vote, I wouldn’t dare do such a thing, I did suggest though that if I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary because nothing is going to change if that woman wins. She represents that corporate, media club that have had their own way over the last 20 or 30 years that have led us into an endless series of wars and led us into a world where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”
According to Farage much of the same rhetoric used against Brexit would be used against Trump’s campaign as well.
“Frankly, what we were sold was a complete pack of scaremongering lies, it was called ‘project fear’ and I said to the audience last night [at Trump’s rally in Jackson, Mississippi] that you will hear the same thing. You will hear ‘If Trump wins, we’ll play into the hands of President Putin, we’ll bring the world closer to war and there will be terrible economic ruin coming to America.’”