Politics & Government

Brexit leader to join Trump on stage in Jackson

In this June 22, 2016 file picture Nigel Farage of UKIP makes a speech in London.
In this June 22, 2016 file picture Nigel Farage of UKIP makes a speech in London. AP File

The “Donald Trump of Great Britain” will join the presidential candidate on stage at a rally in Jackson tonight, Gov. Phil Bryant announced this morning.

Nigel Farage, former head of the U.K. Independence Party, is expected to speak about leading the Brexit movement that succeeded in getting Great Britain to leave the European Union.

“It should be very entertaining,” Bryant said on the Gallo Radio Show. He called Farage a dynamic speaker, and said if he moved across the pond, “He could probably run for governor of any state and win.”

However, Farage’s appearance will be a departure from his previous plan to not interfere in U.S. politics. Especially after his strong criticism of President Barack Obama’s meddling before the Brexit vote.

During a breakfast at the Republican National Convention, Farage said American voters shouldn’t expect to see him on the campaign trail.

“I shouldn’t do that,” he said. “I don’t think interfering in somebody else’s politics, directly, is the right thing to do.”

And Farage has said he’s a fan of Trump but stops short of embracing the aggressive rhetoric Trump uses.

“I get what he’s doing, but occasionally the style of it makes me wince a little bit,” Farage said at the RNC breakfast.

He added: “I’ve been called ‘over the top’ once or twice, but I think some of Donald Trump’s comments are pretty out there…. To say you would ban all Muslims from coming to America….”

About 10,000 people are expected at the Mississippi Coliseum tonight, Bryant said.

The governor talked about the appeal Trump and Farage have with voters, about “inverting the pyramid of power,” and the unexpected result of the Brexit vote.

“That was a vote that the political elite thought was not going to happen,” Bryant said. “They believed that certainly that Britain was going to stay in the European Union, they were going to stay part of that socialist ... democratic example to the rest of the world.”

He said the same could happen in the U.S.

“They shook the world when they did so and that's what's gonna happen in November when Donald Trump is elected president,” he said.

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