Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has roped in Brexit leader Nigel Farage to canvass for him, a rare occasion when a foreign political leader has addressed an election rally in the US for one of the presidential candidates.
“I could not possibly tell you how you should vote in this election… I will say this. 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,” Farage told Trump supporters at an election rally in Jackson, Mississippi yesterday.
In his speech, Farage from the UK Independence Party, who was responsible for the UK leaving the EU, drew comparisons between Brexit and the US presidential election.
He urged people to defeat pollsters, the media and the Washington establishment.
“I think you have a fantastic opportunity here with this campaign. I come to you from the UK with a message of hope and a message of optimism. It’s a message that says if the little people, if the real people, if the ordinary, decent people are prepared to stand up and fight for what they believe in, we can overcome the big banks,” Farage added.
This is one of the rarest occasion when a foreign political leader has addressed a public election rally in the US canvassing for one of the presidential candidates
Trump has sought to align himself with the Brexit movement, noting he had said before the June 23 referendum that Britons should vote to leave. He visited one of his golf courses in Scotland the day after the vote and boasted that he had predicted the outcome and called it a sign his own campaign would be successful.
Trump has since tumbled in national opinion polls and is fighting to remain competitive with Democratic rival Clinton with little more than two months to go until the Nov. 8 election.
“November 8 is our chance to redeclare American independence,” Trump said, borrowing a phrase Farage used during the Brexit campaign.