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Brexit Leader Farage: Trump Is 'The New Ronald Reagan'

| by Robert Fowler
Former UKIP Leader Nigel FarageFormer UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage, the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party and among the architects of the Brexit decision, has penned a complimentary opinion article of Republican nominee Donald Trump after campaigning with the business mogul.

On Aug. 24, Farage joined Trump on stage during a rally in Jackson, Mississippi. The former leader of the far-right UKIP told the audience the Brexit vote was evidence of how Trump could win the presidency.

“Anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared to stand up against the establishment,” Farage told Trump supporters, according to The Guardian.

The Brexit decision in June had surprised the whole world after a majority of voters in the U.K. cast a ballot to exit the European Union. Trump himself has embraced the political comparison.

“They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!” Trump tweeted out on Aug. 18, according to CNN.

On Aug. 27, Farage wrote an opinion piece for the Daily Mail recounting his experience with Trump. He offered some criticism of the GOP nominee.

“The Trump campaign has been highly controversial,” Farage wrote. “Some of his comments have not looked good and left him open to accusations of extremism.”

Farage recounted how Trump had insisted on being his warm-up act, introducing him to the audience of Mississippi Trump supporters.

“The atmosphere in the room was more like a rock concert than a political meeting ... And I must say I loved every second of it,” Farage wrote.

Farage described Trump’s campaign as a new brand of politics, likening him to former conservative President Ronald Reagan.

“It is worth remembering that virtually everyone though that Ronald Reagan was unfit to be the U.S. President before he made a huge success of his two terms,” Farage wrote.

On Aug. 25, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton blasted Trump for taking to the stage with Farage, describing the former UKIP leader as a liar who had tricked U.K. voters into voting for Brexit, The Washington Post reports.

“Farage has called for a bar on the children of legal immigrants from public schools and health services, has said women are ‘worth less’ than men, and supports scrapping laws that prevent employers from discriminating based on race -- that’s who Donald Trump wants by his side when he is addressing an audience of American voters,” Clinton said.

Ron Reagan, the son of the president, has scoffed at comparisons made between his father and Trump.

“My father would’ve been humiliated and embarrassed by what has happened to his party, and would be humiliated and embarrassed that they have nominated somebody like Donald Trump,” he told MSNBC.

Sources: CNN, Daily Mail, The Guardian, MSNBCThe Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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