by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Nigel Farage said late Sunday that the successful Brexit movement in the United Kingdom that he helped lead is not an isolated incident, and that Donald Trump’s popularity is a sign that people around the world are getting tired of over-regulation at the hands of dynastic leaders.
“I believe we are witnessing a popular uprising against failed politics on a global scale,” wrote Farage in the Telegraph. “People want to vote for candidates with personality, faults and all. It is the same in the UK, America and much of the rest of Europe.”
“The little people have had enough,” he added. “They want change.”
Farage attended the Republican convention in July, and said he was amazed that many GOP delegates drew inspiration from Brexit, the vote that saw a slim majority of people vote to exit the European Union.
“[I]t was clear that many of the delegates saw Brexit as an aspiration for what they see as the Trump ‘revolution’ against the Establishment,” he wrote. “I met many others who were not delegates or political anoraks, who were also keen to talk about Brexit.”
Trump was in trouble over the weekend after an 11-year-old video leaked that showed him making disparaging comments about women. But Farage said what makes Trump popular is the fact that he is not part of the ruling elite.
“Like him or loathe him, Trump is not a part of the political elite and he most certainly is not constrained by political correctness,” he wrote.
“Every small business feels put-upon by the sheer volume and weight of regulation,” he added. “Our new hyper-regulated world makes it tough for the little people to compete with the business giants.”
“These people want deregulation, and Trump is promising them that. Many feel they have nothing to lose in voting for him.”