Anybody in America who paid attention to the United Kingdom’s Brexit campaign — the referendum on leaving the European Union — could see obvious parallels to the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. In a way, Hillary Clinton mirrors the “stay” campaigners in Britain who tried to convince citizens that the status quo was in their best interests.
The voters who supported the “stay” campaign were mostly younger liberals who saw no problem with auctioning away Britain’s financial and political sovereignty to an international coalition. They were okay with allocating tax dollars to mass influxes of migrants. They were globalists.
The “leave” campaign was extremely reflective of Donald Trump’s views and campaign here in the United States. Many “leave” campaigners even adopted the slogan, “Make Great Britain great again.” They feel left behind by the government and they don’t like the direction their country is taking.
And Thursday night, they won.
With all of the obvious parallels to the Trump movement, it is no surprise that Donald Trump had a lot to say about Britain’s decision to leave the EU on Friday while visiting the U.K.
In today’s complex global society, nothing happens in a vacuum — and that includes political movements. Donald Trump is not the only politician preaching populist and nationalist messages. Friday, Great Britain woke up to a new world after voting to pull out of the floundering and dysfunctional European Union.
Trump is in Scotland this week to promote the opening of his Ayrshire golf course and has been vocal in his support for the Brexit outcome.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday congratulated the UK for voting to assert its independence from the European Union, and encouraged the American people in November to also assert their independence from the “global elite.”
Following the British vote to exit the EU, Trump said the election results marked a shift toward more nationalistic tendencies.
“Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence,” the Trump campaign said in a statement. “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.”
It is likely that many within the Clinton camp are not feeling anywhere near as confident about November as they were before going to bed last night. Some polling may have Clinton up at the moment, but polling also had the “stay” campaign winning the referendum in Britain.