US Audio Analyses: The Trump Circus Has A New English Clown

There has been a great deal of interest in the British media about the latest sideshow in Donald Trump’s circus campaign for the US Presidency — the appearance of Nigel Farage, former head of the UK Independence Party, in Mississippi on Wednesday night.

There are superficial reasons for Trump sharing the podium with Farage. Both men like to get attention, and the Trump campaign wants to portray itself as the underdog that will triumph over the “Establishment” — just like the Brexit campaign to take the UK out of the European Union won against the odds in June.

But, beyond the superficial, it is mostly bemusement why Nigel joined the Donald. Bemusement for the Mississippi audience — who were “slightly puzzled” to be greeted by this Englishman talking about “walking boots”. And bemusement for me, wondering why Trump would spend money and time in a state which is supposed to be solid Republican, rather than a swing state which could be the difference in November.

Plus bemusement at the people I encountered during a series of BBC interviews today. The lengthy Radio 5 Live discussion also features a conspiracy theorist who warns of the “dark forces” of the “secret US Government” and a self-professed “University-educated” man explaining how Muslims are trying to take over America.

BBC Radio 5 Live: Listen to discussion
BBC Radio Foyle: Listen to interview
BBC Radio Three Counties: Listen to interview
BBC Radio WM: Listen to interview
BBC Radio Coventry: Listen to interview

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. Brits have taken the frog Niquel Farage not serious enough. He is the ludicrous tip of an iceberg and he was strong enough to overthrow the kingdom into a devided chaos.
    Clinton Says ‘Radical Fringe’ Is Taking Over G.O.P. Under Trump – and she did everything but call Trump a racist outright — saying he had promoted “racist lie” after “racist lie,” pushed conspiracy theories with “racist undertones” and heartened racists across the country by submitting to an “emerging racist ideology known as the alt-right.”
    “He is taking hate groups mainstream,” Mrs. Clinton told supporters at a community college here, “and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party.”= Clinton said that while a racially charged and “paranoid fringe” had always existed in politics, “it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it and giving it a national megaphone, until now.”
    Now GOP has become a collection reservoir for right-wing extremists and right-wing populists between tea party and every other type of racists?

    • Britz have taken Farage very seriously, following his dream to exit EU, and will soon make him President-for-Life of the Democratic People’s Republic of Little England.
      And how do you work out that he’s French?

    • CORRECTION: Above should say CNN, not Newsweek.
      The Franciscan Action Network, a nonprofit focused on Catholic-inspired social justice, released a statement Thursday saying it was “appalled” by Bannon’s comment that the Catholic Church only supports immigration reform in the United States because “the Church is dying.”
      “The statement smacks of anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, racist undertones,” the organization said in its statement. (Will the church pulpits take Trump on as black pastors have done?”

  2. New poll of Jewish voters in Florida finds Trump losing to Clinton by +23 points:
    I can understand why they are upset by Trump’s attachment to alt-right sites and his choice of a prime example from Breibart to manage his campaign. Now consider how many groups Trump has upset:
    black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim-Americans, Catholics, Jews, educated white men
    Ukrainian-Americans and probably Polish Americans (via Trump'[s endorsement of Putin aggression)
    native American Indians (once his anonymous ad attacking the latter gets more attention)
    Did I miss anyone?

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