‘Brexit is Proof That Trump Will Be The Next President’?
‘Anti-immigration’ message and shift to the Right that led to UK’s seismic break with Europe draws parallels with rise of The Donald
- The UK voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum
- Many on Twitter believe the result is a sign Trump will win in November
- They compared the leave campaign’s ‘divisive’ message with Trump’s
- Others showed concern it will lend credence to Trump’s nationalist agenda
As Donald Trump flew in to Scotland today after the UK’s seismic break with the European Union, parallels have been drawn with the anti-immigration message that led to Brexit and his rise to presumptive Republican presidential candidate.
Many have pointed out the similarities between Britain’s decision to leave the EU and Trump’s campaign – and believe it is an indication of how Americans will vote on November 8, which could see Trump in the White House.
The Donald’s arrival in the UK will be seen by many as a meeting of minds – two worlds colliding with shared views including a disgruntled electorate; lost national pride; isolationism; and the issue of immigration.
However, he may not get the desired reception in Scotland: while voters in England and Wales swung the result for Leave, Scots voted overwhelmingly for remaining part of the EU.
And today, he promised close ties between the U.S. and UK if he becomes President, saying: ‘A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense’.
‘Brexit is further proof that Donald J Trump will be the next President of the United States,’ wrote Broderick Greer on Twitter.
Twitter drew parallels with the ‘anti-immigration’ message that led to Brexit with the meteoric rise of the Donald Trump
TRUMP’S STATEMENT ON EU REFERENDUM
The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples.
They have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy.
A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense.
The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.
Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence.
Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first.
They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people.
I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.
Paul Harris added that Americans should learn a lesson from the result in Britain.
‘If you think Trump can’t win you are lazy, complacent and very dangerous,’ he warned.
Arnivan Ghosh said Trump should look for tips from Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party who has spent 20 years campaigning to the country to leave the EU, on how to win with a ‘divisive, anti-immigration’ message.
‘That Nigel dude is British Trump,’ added Wanda Sykes.
Huw James Collins added: ‘The correlation of Trump enthusiasts delighting in the ‘Leave’ victory perfectly illuminates the roots of this debacle.’
Others were concerned that the result will lend credence to Trump’s nationalistic agenda and mean other nations turn to isolationist policies.
‘Deeply concerned that #Brexit will cue other nations to recede into isolationism, and lend credence to #Trump’s nativist agenda,’ wrote Guy Wilson.
Many have warned that this nationalist drive now sets the world stage for a Donald Trump presidency.
In an op-ed for the LA Times, London School of Economics fellow Brian Klaas and Marcel Dirsus, a lecturer at the University of Kiel in Germany, compare Brexit voters to ‘Trump supporters sporting “Make America Great Again” hats’ who ‘believe they have lost too much for too long’.
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