Why Trump and Brexit are the Same
The picture of Ukip’s Nigel Farage smiling next to Trump is not to be taken lightly. What is striking in such an image, apart from the glittering gold of Trump’s door, is how Farage has moved so quickly. From “taking back control”, as the Brexit slogan goes, now he is joining forces with Trump to “make America great again.”
The amount of power and influence in Trump’s hands will make anyone jump in Trump’s lap, but Farage believes that Trump is our man. As he tweeted: “[Trump’s] support for the US-UK relationship is very strong. This is a man with whom we can do business. The interim Ukip leader is the first UK politician to meet Trump after his election. A source in the UK government responding to Ukip leader’s activities in the US, said that Farage is irrelevant: “He has no role whatsoever. We won’t be talking to him.”
Why Trump and Brexit happened?
Both Trumpists and Brexiteers tapped into a goldmine that they sought to exploit: a mass of British and US people who have been disillusioned with politics, the establishment and basically with “how things are usually done.” Left behind and suspicious of globalisation and progressive politics, they became enamoured with Trump and the Brexiteers’ talk of change, jobs, and opportunities. Even if this was just talk. Trump and Farage saw that the peoples’ anger with global liberal elites, bankers and corporations was enough food to feed their propaganda and fake promises.
Farage said he was “the catalyst” for the collapse of “the Blairites, the Clintonites, the Bushites and all these dreadful people who work hand in glove with Goldman Sachs and everybody else that have made themselves rich and ruined our countries.” Attacking corporations and greedy politicians is an important element in Trump and Farage’s rhetoric. Even if they, ironically, are the pinnacle of the elites they attack.
The glue that binds Trump and the Brexiteers’ language, is nothing else but xenophobia, racism and homophobia. The only thing that brings people together nowadays, inciting them to vote and ask for change is the “blame game”; blame the government, blame the co-operations, blame the foreigners, blame your next door neighbours.
Farage on Brexit
“Brexit was the first real kick back against the liberal establishment, which has dominated with its friends in big business and the big banks, dominated the world for the last couple of decades. What we have to do is follow the example given to us over 30 years ago by Reagan and Thatcher. They both won counter-revolution elections … they made the world a better place.”
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has accused both Trump and the Conservatives. “We have no idea how Donald Trump proposes to ‘make America great again’, and Theresa May’s Tories offer slogans, but no solutions, for most people in Britain.” He added, “One thing is for sure. Neither billionaire Donald Trump nor the billionaire-backed Tories have any interest in giving people back control, or reining in the predatory excesses of a globalised free-for-all.”
Farage and Trump have no interest in helping the majorities of people who voted for Trump or Brexit. Thirsty for power and fame, they will exploit the media, because, there’s no other business they know best than show business.