At a Wednesday campaign rally in Jackson, MS, Donald Trump and Nigel Farage cast November 8’s presidential election as a referendum to reclaim American sovereignty from the forces of globalization.
“November 8 is our chance to redeclare American independence,” said Trump.
Trump went on to frame the election as a decision between nationalism and internationalism:
“And now, Hillary wants to surrender America to globalism. Jjust what we don’t want. She wants a country without borders. She wants trade deals written for the benefit of foreign corporations. She wants a government that ignores the will of people. She wants to sell out American security to the Clinton Foundation for a big fat pile of cash. It’s hard to tell where the Clinton Foundation ends and where the State Department begins.”
Trump then referenced a recent report from the Associated Press outlining how a majority of Hillary Clinton’s meetings at the State Department while she was Secretary of State outside of the government were with donors to the ostensibly charitable Clinton Foundation.
Recalling the “America First” slogan attached to his campaign, Trump cast Clinton as subverting American interests on behalf of foreign interests.
“Hillary Clinton does not believe in America First. We believe in America First. Hillary believes in donors first, and special interests, and lobbyists,” said Trump, adding that a Clinton presidency would amount to an extension of President Barack Obama’s policies.
“[Clinton] would rather give a job to a refugee from overseas than an unemployed American veteran, or to an unemployed African American or Hispanic. The job of a public official is to serve and protect the citizens of the United States. No illegal immigrants, not foreign nationals seeking entry, but the people living here lawfully today, including millions of African American and Hispanic citizens.
My focus will always be on the well-being of more than 300 million American citizens who call this country their home and who love their country.
We will have one American nation, not divided. We will be together.”
Farage echoed Trump’s depiction of the phenomena at play in the election, pushing message of populist resistance against “modern global corporatism” as well as national pride:
“If the little people, if the real people, if the ordinary decent people are prepared to stand up and fight for what they believe in we can overcome the big banks, we can overcome the multinationals, and we did it! We made June the 23rd our Independence Day when we smashed the establishment.”
We reached those people who’ve been let down by modern global corporatism. 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.
If I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me. In fact, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me.
Farage concluded by described a growing gap between what he described as ordinary Americans and a growing “political class” of politicians, bureaucrats, and affiliated stakeholders.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump welcomes Nigel Farage, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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