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Alt-Righter Nigel Farage attends US CPAC, greeted like Hero

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Brexiteer Nigel Farage got a hero’s welcome in the United States on Friday, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that supporting Donald Trump in 2016 was ‘the best decision I ever made in my life.’

The swashbuckling anti-establishment Member of the European Parliament was on the event’s schedule just hours after Trump delivered a 75-minute stemwinder to a capacity crowd of screaming right-wingers.

Farage first came to the CPAC event in 2015, drawing a polite, tiny crowd estimated at 250 to a hotel ballroom set for 5,000.

But this year he drew an audience nearly half the size of the U.S. president’s, hailed as a kindred spirit by Americans who are willingly riding aboard the Trump Train.

‘I thought he would be good, but I’ve got to tell you – he has exceeded all expectations,’ Farage said of Trump. ‘He is on the way to being a truly great president of this country.’

Farage mocked the American special counsel’s probe into alleged collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, calling it ‘fake news’ spread by a mass-media that ‘has actually become the opposition.’

‘They are not objectively reporting news. Ninety per cent of what you see on mainstream media in the States is negative about the president,’ he said, echoing Trump’s years-long obsession with news outlets he loves to hate.

Pacing the stage without notes, he rattled off an absurdist list of news stories he claimed to have read about himself, announcing that according to center-left broadsheets he is ‘a person of interest to the FBI.’

‘I have read actually that … I am the one person connecting Trump, Putin and Julian Assange,’ he scoffed. ‘I’ve been running memory sticks back and forth from the White House and the Kremlin to Assange!’

The bombastic Brit, sometimes buffoonish but always in earnest, protested that his sole link with Moscow is that he ‘may be guilty of drinking the odd Russian vodka.’

Ultimately, he said, Trump – who is in ‘just his first term’ – is being set up by an establishment still smarting from its defeat in 2016.

‘It’s fake news that suggest that the president colluded with the Russians in his election campaign,’ Farage said. ‘He didn’t.’

‘But you know what? When this is over they still won’t stop. They still will never accept that their view of the world has been turned upside down.’

Farage’s windup found its punch with a reminder about Brexit, the 2016 referendum that set the UK on a path to leave the European Union 13 months from now.

He warned of ‘an attempt by that unholy trinity of big banks, big business, and big politics to stop Brexit from happening.’

‘If they do, in the worst-case scenario, overturn that result,’ he said, ‘and insult the intelligence and the decency of the British people by making us have that vote again, then I tell you one thing: I will be straight back in the front line of that campaign.’

‘If they want that battle to be re-fought, I will be back there,’ Farage vowed, ‘and for me, it will be “No more Mr. Nice Guy”.’


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