There are similarities between Trumps Latino-and-Muslim-free vision of the US and Leave campaign driver Nigel Farages goal to cleanse the UK of refugees
Britain voted on Thursday to leave the European Union, after a campaign characterized by fear of immigration, anger over a perceived undemocratic bureaucracy and trust in a charismatic political outsider.
If that sounds familiar, its because it is. You cant fail to notice the parallels between Donald Trumps Latino-and-Muslim-free vision of America and the desire of Nigel Farage, driver if not leader of the Leave campaign, to cleanse the UK of Poles, refugees and anyone else who cant trace their British roots back to the bronze age.
The Brexit vote also revealed that the UK, like the US, is deeply divided. Sections of the voting population have drastically different opinions on the current state of their country and what its future should look like.
Trump v Farage
Jowls and loud-mouthed xenophobia aside, in appearance and lifestyle the two men do not have much in common.
Donald Trump is a fake-tanned, image-obsessed New Yorker who doesnt drink or smoke and has never had a cup of coffee. Nigel Farage is a pasty skinned, British-toothed cigarette smoker who grew up in the rolling countryside of southern England and has built a political career around drinking beer.
In terms of background, however, the two have plenty in common. Blue collar they are not. Trump inherited his fathers wildly successful housing business. Farage attended a fee-paying school only 7% of Britons do so before earning millions as a stockbroker.
Despite this, both have shown an uncanny ability to appeal to the working man mostly by stoking fears about immigration. Trump thinks Mexico is sending rapists to the US. Farage hasnt been as clear about what he thinks the European Union is sending to the UK, but the fact he has been hawking a billboard showing a line of thousands of huddled, dark-skinned refugees offers a clue.