Credits: Nigel Farage
In a U.S. interview post Brexit, Nigel Farage addresses noted similarities between the American Nationalist movement currently backing Trump and the voters who backed leaving the EU. They explore the unconscious bias and where it comes from attempting to answer why so many regular people feel left out in today's political climate.Host:
Washington seems to have had this wrong for a long time. Talk a little bit about comparisons between the Brexit movement and what's happening here, particularly the Trump campaign.Nigel Farage:
Capital Cities, perhaps necessarily, are where these big decisions politically get made. It's where the big media operate from and I think perhaps right across the West, I've seen the development of a professional political class. A media class or political class that becomes almost interchangeable. They tend, certainly in the case of the UK, over the last few years...this political class have all been to the same school, all been to the same University. All done the same degree, never had a proper job in their lives; gone straight into politics. They marry each others sisters, and you finish up with this very narrow view of the world.
It's interesting because you talk about the weddings and marrying into each others families. You are aware that Donald Trump made sure the Clinton's came to his wedding. And..and..and kind of the political world of the Trumps and Clintons all their at the same thing...How can he possibly be an outsider and anti-establishment if he's so inside these families?Nigel Farage:
If you're a big business figure in a country like this [America] it makes sense as a business man or a business woman to have good relations with both camps because you never know who's going to win the next election. So I get it, from a commercial viewpoint I get it. But ya your right. He is very, very rich.
What we've seen in the UK, is that the voters are not concerned with where you come from, they are concerned with whether you are genuinely talking to them and genuinely listening to them. And what I've seen is that blue collar class of people, you know for whom life has not been very good over the last decade or two....what they don't want is some politician to sort of tap them on the head and patronize them. They want politicians who speak to them directly and understand their concerns.
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