Farage and Trump: twins in bigotry, racism and xenophobia

August 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm (conspiracy theories, fascism, Jim D, populism, Racism, Republican Party, UKIP, United States) ()

Anyone who seriously believes that there could be something – anything – remotely progressive about Brexit, or who harbours illusions about a possible “lexit” (like these idiots), should watch this:

The Guardian‘s Lucia Graves reports:

“On 23 June, the people of Britain voted to declare their independence – which is what we’re looking to do also, folks! – from international government,” Trump told his audience in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jackson is a place where the memory of the Confederacy is still fresh, and as such a curious one in which to be touting a second independence day, of sorts. But such white nationalist fervour seemed to play well with the overwhelmingly white crowd assembled in the largely black city on Wednesday night.

The architects of Brexit like to frame the vote as a righteous backlash against powerful elites. As Farage put it on Wednesday: “You can beat the pollsters. You can beat the commentators … Anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared to stand up against the establishment.”

According to this oft trotted-out framing, Trump’s reviled Washington establishment is a parallel for Farage’s European Commission. But the hyper-focus on anti-elitism obscures the far less righteous xenophobia, racism and anti-immigrant sentiment that were also elements of the leave campaign

See also: Left Foot Forward, This should end the claim that UKIP is not racist

BBC Radio 4 The Briefing Room on Trump’s shock troops, the ‘Alt Right’

4 Comments

  1. Glasgow Working Class said,

    Some people just cannot accept the will of the British people. I voted to leave simply because the EU Parliament is a gravy train and the Commission is an unelected Quango.
    They were not required and only served themselves. Trade agreements do not require a huge beaurocracy and freedom of cheap labour movement.

  2. Michael Braisher said,

    The Left should get its own house in order before complaining about the Right. Mr. Jeremy Corbyn and his friends in Hamas and the rape threateners on the ground, ladies and gentlemen.

    With Hillary Clinton saying things like opponents should be crushed so hard they will never rise again, I’m not at all sure the rich white scapegoats are the true ogres.

  3. Rilke said,

    At the very least, in all passages of language and political rhetoric there is the possibility of the fourfold allegorical system of interpretation: typological, tropological, analogical and literal.Trump is a so-called ‘straight talker’ and claims his words are ‘literal’ and so must be interpreted as such. Clinton’s ‘crush’ phrase is obviously ‘analogical’. In other words, ‘figural’. One might choose to disagree with her politically; but to pretend that the phrase is ‘literal’ reveals the interpreter and not the speaker as either idiotic or insincere.
    It is strange to see the ‘right wing’ that previously positioned itself as the moral, finessed and in fact cultured alternative to the uncultured and ignorant plebs, decending to the level ranting semi-educated populists. Interestingly, the conservative thinker Roger Scruton predicted that the traditional right was descending into uncouth, wide-eyed conspiracy theory populism some decades ago and he has been proven to be correct. Why are so many on the ‘ right’ so content to present themsleves as frothing ignoramuses? Is it becasue this dispostion makes it easier for them to rant about ‘intellectual’ cosmopolitans?

  4. Political Tourist said,

    Surprise surprise.
    The Glasgow Bigot was a Brexiteer.

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