Nigel Farage wages war on ‘political correctness’ at Donald Trump rally
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has rallied with Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Mr Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, confirmed his plans to step down after securing a Brexit vote in June’s referendum.
In a surprise move, he headed to the US this week and joined Mr Trump last night at a campaign event in Jackson, Mississippi.
Though he said he would not directly endorse Mr Trump at the event, Mr Farage directly encouraged his supporters to take on the “establishment”, adding that he would not vote for Hillary Clinton “even if she paid me”.
Mr Farage said: “There are millions of ordinary Americans who have been let down, who have had a bad time, who feel the political class in Washington are detached from them, who feel so many of their representatives are politically-correct parts of that liberal media elite.
“They feel people aren’t standing up for them and they’ve actually, in many cases, given up on the whole electoral process.
Mr Farage added: You have a fantastic opportunity here with this campaign. You can go out, you can beat the pollsters, you can beat the commentators, you can beat Washington. And you’ll do it by doing what we did for Brexit in Britain.
“We had our own people’s armies of ordinary citizens who went out and delivered leaflets, who went to meet people where they worked and where they socialized, who convinced them to go out, and if it was the one and only time in their lives, to vote for change.
“If you want change in this country, you better get your walking boots on. You better get out there campaigning.”
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He added: “We reached those people who have never voted in their lives – but believed that by going out and voting for Brexit, they could take back their country, take back control of their borders, and get back their pride and self-respect.”
He previously hinted at his preference for Mr Trump, saying: ““If you put me up against a wall, it’s got to be him [Trump], not Hillary, but I have reservations.”
Both leaders have faced criticism on LGBT rights.
Mr Trump was previously a lukewarm supporter of LGBT rights, but has changed his stance repeatedly during the campaign in a bid to appeal to the broad Republican base.
In recent months the Republican Presidential nominee has pledged to appoint justices to repeal equal marriage, come out in favour of North Carolina’s anti-trans bathroom law, and hinted at ‘religious freedom’ laws to permit anti-LGBT discrimination.