HAVING shaven off the retirement moustache he sprouted post-Brexit, Nigel Farage was back on a remarkably similar campaign trail, though under very different circumstances yesterday.
The former UKIP leader, widely considered the driving force behind Britain’s filing of divorce papers from the EU, joined Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on a Mississippi stage to draw parallels between the Trumpian movement and the Brexit campaign’s unexpected success.
Farage’s cue to join the celebrity billionaire onstage came when Trump lauded Brexit as an audacious bid for independence and claimed that he would re-establish American independence if elected.
Introduced as the man who fought the EU ‘against all the odds’, Farage told the thousands of confused spectators: “We reached those people who have never voted in their lives but believed by going out and voting for Brexit they could take back control of their country, take back control of their borders and get back their pride and self-respect.”
He went on to say that Brexit was for “the little people”, echoing the Trump mantra that he alone would fight for forgotten America, unlike Democratic rival Hilary Clinton whom he regularly slams as “crooked” over her well-established ties to Wall Street.
Farage joined in the Clinton-bashing fun, shrilly telling the audience: “if I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me!”
How well Farage was received by the American crowd was hard to tell. A spot survey of the Mississippi spectators found that eight in 10 had never heard of a Farage or a Brexit.