US President-elect Donald Trump said a victory for the Republican party would be like “Brexit, plus, plus, plus” – but what does it add up too?
Brexit frontrunner and interim leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, has said he’d happily work for Trump as his ambassador to the EU, potentially leaving the trappings of UKIP behind him. “If he did offer me a job I would quite like to be his ambassador to the European Union. I think I would do that job very well,” Mr. Farage told British broadcaster ITV.
And with Donald Trump’s mission to reach the White House accomplished and a victorious UKIP when the UK voted to leave the European Union, it seems anti-Establishment figures and political parties are already multiplying and re-shaping mainstream politics.
‘Wake-Up Call for the Western World’ “Over the last ten years, we’ve seen a growing anti-Establishment vote throughout the entire western world,” Shehab Khan, political commentator and reporter for The Independent told Sputnik. “Massive groups of people are feeling alienated and under-represented by the liberal elite, who run our politics. With Trump taking over as president and Nigel Farage being such a success with Brexit, the trend for more anti-Establishment politics won’t end.” Mr. Khan suggests that Donald Trump’s win, “is a wake up for the western world” and that “normal politicians need to open their eyes.”
As for the secret of Nigel Farage’s and Donald Trump’s success, Mr. Khan believes it’s down to feelings of “alienation and distance from mainstream political leaders.”
“The reason why Nigel Farage and Donald Trump tap into those feelings of alienation and distance from mainstream political leaders is that people aren’t reaping the benefits from globalization, the economy or politically in many aspects of their life. “Brexit was a warning, Trump is another warning, politics is a changing world and adapts and the anti-Establishment vote it doing really well — alarm bells should be ringing,” Mr. Khan told Sputnik. As for UKIP’s popularity in Britain, Shebab Khan doesn’t think the Republicans’ triumph will directly affect support for a right-wing populist party over the pond. “A victory for Trump won’t directly affect the popularity of UKIP in the UK, but it proves that the anti-Establishment vote can be the change people are looking for,” Mr. Khan told Sputnik, while at the same time predicting that anti-Establishment support will flourish. “With the Trump and Brexit vote, the anti-Establishment vote will continue to grow. The sentiment has been there for a while until people’s fears and problems are answered.”
But for some people living in Britain, Donald Trump’s victory represents something quite different.
The election of Donald Trump as President just goes to show that we can never underestimate the stupidity of some Americans and I fear for the consequences,” Richard Brunning from Earlsfield in London told Sputnik.
“But let’s hope that a lot of people in the state departments make him behave rationally and sensibly.” However, a London estate agent, who preferred to remain anonymous, agreed with the anti-Establishment idea that Mr. Trump was “a breath of fresh air.” “I suppose I’m one of those rare people who think that Trump’s victory is a breath of fresh air,” he said. “The people who got him voted in are average middle class Americans who’ve seen their wages fall for the last 17 years or so. “They are sick of it, they are seeing others getting rich and they’re just getting poorer and poorer. They are seeing billions spent on foreign aid and they are saying: what about us? That’s what Trump pledged to do — get American working again and spend a lot of money on infrastructure in America.” Maybe “Brexit, plus, plus, plus” is therefore the sum of the anti-Establishment vote both in the UK, and US?