JACKSON, Mississippi >> Donald Trump is linking his “movement to take back the country” to Britain’s surprising vote to leave the European Union.
He invited Nigel Farage, an architect of the withdrawal campaign, to join him on stage at a rally Wednesday night in Jackson.
Farage, the outgoing head of the United Kingdom Independence Party, said “anything is possible” if enough people band together, and predicted that Trump’s presidential campaign would “smash the establishment.”
Farage helped propel the Independence Party from the political fringe to a position as influential power broker. Over the past few years, the party has won over large numbers of voters from other parties by appealing to concerns about globalization and large-scale immigration. Farage, who had pushed for the June 23 referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union, stepped down as party leader shortly after his side won.
Farage noted that his movement was an underdog in public opinion polls but ultimately triumphed. He predicted that Trump, who supported Britain’s departure from the European Union, would stage a comeback and win in November.
Trump called Farage’s appearance an honor and said, “The nation’s working people will take control again.”