Routinely called the most influential politician of the era, Colorado visitor Nigel Farage has a message for our purple state. He does not care whether we like it.
Quite simply, he says, the revolutions symbolized by Brexit and Donald Trump's election are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Trump may only get stronger, he insists, as the Republican establishment, the Democratic establishment and the media try to undermine and undo his election.
Farage, former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, led the successful Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom and serves as a personal confidant to Trump. World media have called him "The Face of Brexit,"
The U.K.'s Independent calls Farage "the most powerful man in politics." The U.K.'s Telegraph calls him the most "important" man in politics, and the U.K.'s Sun considers him "the most influential politician in modern history."
"I fought for Brexit for 25 years and was a laughing stock for most of it," Farage said this month.
No one laughs about his crusade today.
Farage joined Trump on the campaign trail, predicting the outcome.
He predicted the outcome of Britain's recent special election almost perfectly, telling a Colorado radio station a week in advance how Prime Minister Theresa May would survive and that voters would simultaneously send her a strong message of dissatisfaction. May remained in office, but her Conservative Party was trounced.
Farage believes Trump is a rare politician who benefits from scandal and vociferous opposition, provided by media and establishment politicians and their parties.
"He has enormous moral courage," Farage said. "He believes he was elected on a ticket. He made a series of promises, and he is going to do his damnedest to put them in place. If judges and Congress and the others manage to stop him, I think what you'll actually see is the Trump support get stronger and stronger. . What really happened in 2016 were two seismic political events. The liberal media, the political class, multinationals, and the big banks cannot accept the fact they've taken a beating."
Farage attributes most of the "revolution" to threats posed by jihadists and "open borders" throughout the United States and Europe. Average voters, he believes, feel ignored and let down by conventional politicians and political parties.
"Total freedom for people of the whole world to come to countries of Europe, and stay permanently, drove their wages down, made it difficult to access services and difficult to buy houses. Open borders did this," Farage said. "Please have the wisdom not to make the same mistakes we've made in Europe."
We do not believe or support everything Farage predicts or advocates. We only know he has shown for two decades an uncanny ability to predict and influence several of the more unimaginable political shifts the West has seen in generations.
In these odd and unpredictable times for politics and culture, it may be wise to contemplate what Farage has to say.
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