The populist movement that fueled the Republican's victory is just getting started
Now that Donald Trump has won the race for the presidency, he must deliver policies that reflect the populist, anti-globalization feeling which propelled his campaign.
While progressives and Establishment Republicans are quick to dismiss Trump as a man who merely exploited Americans’ ugliest instincts, that dismissal is a serious mistake. Trump tapped into a groundswell of anti-globalization and anti-mass migration feeling that is rising across the U.S. and Europe.
“What Trump represents following hard on the heels of Brexit is pro-nation state democracy, pro-border controls and sensible immigration policies, and pro standing up for our culture against the threat of Islamic terrorism,” former UKIP leader Nigel Farage told LifeZette in an exclusive interview.
“I’ve been coming back and forth to America regularly and talking to just huge numbers of people while I’m there and I think the crossover between the mood of our voters in June and the mood of the Donald’s voters now is astonishing,” he said.
“The rational, patriotic and conservative voices of ordinary people, long suppressed, have once again found utterance in the wake of Brexit and Trump,” said Benjamin Harris-Quinney chairman of the Bow Group, the U.K.’s oldest conservative think tank.
Harris-Quinney said the post-Trump victory era "will no longer be restrained by PC censorship and faux cries of ‘racism,’ ‘sexism,’ ‘homophobia,’ — and truth has the chance to flourish in the space that has been created."
It’s not just happening in Britain and the U.S. In France, Marine Le Pen’s Front National is leading the polls heading into the 2017 elections. A poll released last week showed that nearly a full third of Frenchmen — 31 percent — think Le Pen’s hardline stance on Islam would make the country safer.
In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom are also leading the polls, a result mainly of their anti-Islamic immigration, anti-EU platform. Countries such as Hungary and Poland have governments led by national conservative political parties, and in many other countries across Europe, from Switzerland to Scandinavia, right-wing nationalist and populist parties are making substantial gains.
The U.S. political Establishment — need to come to terms with this new reality. The fight for these policies is what motivated voters to vote for Trump in droves, and they will surely hold Trump’s feet to the fire on those issues.
"If something is a pure protest it isn’t a big enough motivation to get people to go to the polling stations in significant numbers," Farage said. "There has to be a positive feeling that this is about change, this is about a radical change of direction that will be for the better," he explained.
"I think too often people who vote for me, for Brexit, for Trump — they’re labeled as being ‘antis,’ they’re labeled as being negatives," Farage said. "Actually when you poll these people you find, yes of course they’re unhappy with the way things are but they’re voting for these new phenomena because they see in what’s being offered to them positive policy solutions." Trump must do his utmost to get Congress to deliver those policy solutions.
People across the West are fed up with the erosion of the middle class that goes hand in hand with globalization, they are fed up with foreign wars, they are fed up with mass migration that threatens both their national security and their national identity, and they are fed up with an oppressive political correctness that stifles free speech and their ability to protest these things.
"People really have had enough of the continued failure of a professional career political class who appear to be in it just for themselves, and almost devoid of principles or philosophy," Farage said. Trump must follow through on his America First message.
"Either this win takes over the Republican Party or you will see for the first time in a very long while a genuine attempt at a third party in American politics," Farage predicted.
This article was originally published at LifeZette on 09/11/2016. Published at the Bow Group on 09/11/2016