If you follow British politics at all you are likely already familiar with Nigel Farage, their “colorful” EU Parliament member and, more recently, the leader of the newly formed Brexit Party. He’s also been previously discussed as a possible contender to be Prime Minister at some point. This week, Farage once again chimed in on the upcoming American elections, offering his support for President Trump. Wait a minute… I thought foreigners weren’t supposed to be “meddling” in our elections. (Washington Examiner)
Nigel Farage, Britain’s populist champion of Brexit, says he will campaign alongside President Trump during next year’s election if he is invited to help the 2020 effort…
“We reached those people who have never voted in their lives but believed by going out and voting for Brexit they could take back control of their country, take back control of their borders and get back their pride and self-respect,” he said with Trump standing beside him.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Farage, 55, said he was prepared to reprise the role.
“If I’m asked to. It’s as simple as that,” he said in his office close to Westminster, the center of British government.
Keep in mind that this isn’t the first time Farage has jumped on the Trump Train, despite being a political leader from a foreign country. In August of 2016, Farage appeared onstage with Trump at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi. He’s also shown up as a paid contributor on Fox News.
The relationship between the two became even more obvious when, shortly after winning the election, President Trump suggested that Farage be named Ambassador to the United States. (That didn’t go over very well and the position wasn’t open anyway.)
This all works out quite well for Farage because the President has been very clear that he’s pro-Brexit. (He refers to Farage as “Mr. Brexit.”) Assuming the Brits find some way to finish that process, they’re going to need to be crafting new, bilateral trade deals around the globe and Farage no doubt sees in Trump a willing and generous trade partner who will get that done. In exchange, President Trump gets a prominent political ally in a country where his approval ratings with the public leave a bit to be desired.
Frankly, I’m not all that upset about this. What Farage or any other Brits think of the President one way or the other doesn’t matter. They don’t get to vote here and have no say in the matter. And I strongly suspect that there aren’t many voters in America who are out there saying, “You know, I don’t really like Trump and I wasn’t going to vote for him, but now that I’ve heard from Nigel Farage…”
But with all that said, if we’re going to be making such a big deal about other nations “meddling” in our elections, shouldn’t the same rules apply across the board? Whether it’s launching bogus social media campaigns to try to exert influence or having their elected leaders volunteering to come to America and campaign for one candidate or the other, that’s still foreign “meddling,” isn’t it? In the end, pretty much everyone in the world watches the American elections because our presidents have such a broad global footprint. Leave it to the voters to decide who gets to “influence” them.