Separated by oceans: Brexiters and Trumpeteers

by Sonia Hadj

Brexiters and Trump supporters: In spite of coming from different cultures and backgrounds, having different accents and being split by 3000 miles of ocean, they speak the same language and are seen to share many values.

Time to find out whether brexiters support more than just the idea of leaving the European Union. Do they share the same values as Trumps American fans and do they believe that a Trump victory this election is akin to Brexit?

The Donald calls himself “Mr. Brexit” whilst the media calls many brexiters “little Trumps” or even “Trumpets”. The thing to remember is that America is not Britain and that the EU referendum was completely different to the US elections. Whether it is true love born out of the same passions, or cheeky lies for the publicity, the media does not leave any space for the doubts and constantly reminds us about the parallels between the two.

Those who still stand for Brexit have been sharing their opinions and comments on Trump’s policies…

“Just make the whole world great again”

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Trumps beloved slogan that he seems to tout every single appearance he makes: “Make America Great again”. Even if no one knows what this means exactly, Trump supporters are cheering for it like Hollywood teen-movie fans. The beauty of such simple slogans are that they can be applied to any situation we want. They may not be Harry Potter’s petronas chasing our dementors, but the idea is the same: “There are bad things out there, and I will chase it all away for you”.

Trump is alone in his race whilst the Brexit campaign had few leaders. The loudest and most recognisable of whom as Nigel Farage, a demagogue who was kind enough to share a stage so we could compare him more directly to Trump. His slogan might sound familiar: “Give us our country back!”

“Let’s make both countries great again. Trump 100 %” says Stuart Wallis from Glasgow, supporter of Brexit.

It seems so easy when we don’t have to think too hard and simply give the whole world to the hands of Trump and Farage to wave their little wands and just make it all great again.

Immigration in a migrant-loving country

A once soft subject, immigration became a main weapon during both campaigns. Riding on xenophobic dislike for immigration and a remarkably common belief that it’s the main reason behind unemployment, it proved most successful. Farage stated: “I think you should be able to choose on the basis of nationality, yes I do”. Referring to the right to choose your employee based on their nationality, something many Brexiters didn’t see as racist.

Trump followed with his updated goal from a total ban on Muslims to “temporarily suspend immigration from regions that export terrorism and where safe vetting could be ensured”.

The solution for unemployment put forth by the pair looks clear: stop immigration and we’ll get our jobs back. They do not ask why some employers exploit immigrants by paying them smaller salaries. Uncomfortable questions are out of their interest. They do not wonder why people agree to work for less, without fighting for fair pay and they are not going to fight for them.

Brexiters have their own stand point here, “Trump is getting business to come back to America instead of work forces and cheap labour in foreign countries, he wants to reduce immigration and deport illegals”, says Debbie Keen from Chichester.

Why does the word ‘immigration’ seem go hand in hand with ‘illegal’ so easily these days?

I am not racist, I love Hispanics

“I am not racist, but…”

Trump is not racist, but he has repeatedly gone after the parents of a fallen Muslim US Army officer. He offends the mother, implying that she does not speak out because that is the religious norm.

Nigel Farage is certainly not racist while accusing the entire Romanian community of being responsible for most of the crimes that happen in London. He thinks that the UK looks “like a foreign land” and puts the blame on people who were invited to the country by his own government.

Maybe racism is more subjective than we thought, because there seems to be a very wide bell curve when we apply it to Trump or Farage.

According to Bruce Wyne, the Brexit Central member, “It isn’t racist to dislike a religion”.

Maybe the label of “racist” shouldn’t be applied so readily to Trump’s supporters as well, because they simply follow their leader … except those such as the Alt-Right and the KKK who have openly declared both their allegiance to Trump and that they are racist organisations.

#Killlary – Foreign support for Trump

The Brexiters interviewed have mostly confirmed that, if given the chance, they would vote for Trump and not choose Hillary as president of the US. With hashtags like ‘Killary’ and ‘Hillary for Prison’ trending on twitter, it seems that the Brexiters for the most part are standing behind Trump. Here in the UK we cannot do much but stand back, watch and see if US has the minds of the Brexiters.

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