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Trump and the chump; 'Mr Nobody' Farage in bid to boost the flagging Republicans.

Byline: CHRISTOPHER BUCKTIN US Editor

WHEN your loud-mouthed stupidity has you plunging in the polls, who's the guy to get your Presidential campaign back on track?

How about a loud-mouthed buffoon from Britain who trumpeted Brexit only to quit, leaving others to sort it out?

Perma-tanned and grinning, who should step into the hustings to boost Donald Trump on Wednesday night but Nigel Farage. Or as most of the audience in Jackson, Mississippi, asked: Nigel who?

The 15,000 activists seemed underwhelmed by the ex-UKIP boss's appearance at the rally but flagging Republican Trump - who wants to ban Muslim immigration and build a wall to keep out Mexicans - welcomed him warmly.

The privately educated former city trader, on stage alongside one of the wealthiest men in the US, claimed Brexit was a victory "for the little people, for the real people".

He drew parallels between Trump's bid to beat Hillary Clinton to the White House and that of the successful campaign to leave Europe.

Farage, who sparked fury with a Leave poster featuring immigrants entering Europe, said Republicans could "beat the pollsters" in the November 8 election.

He called it a fight between "ordinary, decent people" and powerful global insti-tutions. He added: "If the little people, if the real people, if the ordinary, decent people are prepared to stand up and fight for what they believe in, we can overcome the big banks, we can overcome the multinationals."

He did not directly endorse Trump, as he has previously, but he told the crowd: "If I was an American citizen I wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me. I wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me." He closed by saying: "If you want change in this country, you better get your walking boots on, you better get out there campaigning.

"And remember, anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared to stand up against the establishment."

Before the rally a random survey showed eight out of 10 in the crowd had never heard of Farage or Brexit.

One woman said: "He's from the Brits. That's all I know."

Farage, thought to be the first UK politician to address a Republican election rally, was in America with UKIP donor Arron Banks. His trip was attacked by many in Britain.

UKIP's sole MP Douglas Carswell tweeted: "It's all going a bit South Thanet for the US Republicans" - a reference to Farage's failed attempt to win a seat in the Kent constituency last year.

Lord Sugar, who backed Remain, said Mr Farage was a "creep" for claiming he won the Brexit vote. And Labour MP Jack Dromey added: "A pair of loud-mouthed bigots, they were made for one another."

chris.bucktin@mirror.co.uk

"I wouldn't vote for Hillary if you paid me...or if she paid me NIGEL FARAGE COMES NEAR TO ENDORSING TRUMP

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Date:Aug 26, 2016
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