In an apparent attempt to rescue his rapidly derailing presidential bid, Republican nominee Donald Trump invited Nigel Farage, the architect behind the British exit from the European Union, to speak at his boisterous rally in Mississippi — and it went as well as one would expect. After all, what could go wrong when two of the biggest bigots of the world unite on one platform?
Describing the Brexit as a bid for American independence and drawing parallels between the United Kingdom’s “Leave” and his own campaign, a very smug Trump introduced Farage to his supporters as the leader of the U.K. Independence Party who stood up to the EU “against all odds.”
“I come to you from the U.K. with a message of hope, and a message of optimism,” Farage told the largely white crowd. “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 and the multinationals.”
Although he didn’t formally endorse the boorish business mogul, Farage’s apparent admiration for one of the wealthiest men in the U.S. left a little to imagination.
“I think that you have a fantastic opportunity here with this campaign,” the former UKIP leader continued. “You can go out and beat the pollsters, you can beat the commentators, you can beat Washington and you'll do it by doing what we did with Brexit in Britain.”
Although, according to The Guardian, approximately eight of 10 people at the rally had never heard of Farage or Brexit before the event, the crowd really enjoyed the British leader’s views on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“I cannot possibly tell you how you should vote in this election. But you know I get it, I get it. I’m hearing you. But I will say this, if I was an American citizen I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me,” Farage said to the chant of “Lock her up.”
“In fact, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me,” he added.
Farage also took a shot at President Barack Obama.
“(Obama) talked down to us. He treated us as if we were nothing," he told the crowd amid deafening boos. “Here he was telling us to vote remain.”
This latest mashup between the two bigots was made possible by Trump’s new campaign chair, Stephen Bannon, an enthusiastic Brexit supporter.
Meanwhile, the GOP presidential hopeful’s recent cryptic tweet about the Brexit makes some sense now.
They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2016