CNN’s Christiane Amanpour managed to tie Britain’s historic Brexit vote to both Donald Trump and white people being haters in just a few sentences.
“A lot of these ‘leave’ movements are led by the hard-right, very very xenophobic, anti-immigrant, very populist, nationalist, white identity politics––they are the leaders who are pushing this momentum,” Amanpour told Anderson Cooper of the vote that saw Britain leave the oligarchy of the European Union.
Earlier she lamented the people who were declaring behind her that they had taken their country back.
“We’re walking around London and there are faces that are as long as the floor and jaws dropping on the floor, because this is huge. There’s no turning back,” she told Chris Cuomo. “And clearly, what Trump represents is the fear by many, many others around Europe that his kind of nationalism, his kind of populism, his kind of demagoguery, anti-immigration, xenophobia, all of that kind of stuff, including economic nationalism, protectionism, and this and that, this is what people are afraid not just about Trump, but about Le Pen, about Geert Wilders, about Norbert Hofer. I’m giving you all of the names of the leaders of these nationalist movements here in Europe who want to spin-off from the establishment.”
One of the main issues used in the “leave” campaign was the porous borders of the EU coupled with the flood of refugees being let in by countries like Germany.
Once in a nation that is an EU member, a refugee is free to cross borders with no passport.
The decisions by the people of Britain that the danger of radical Islamic terror was a significant one struck many on the left as being xenophobic rather than common sense.
It’s the same common sense message that is galvanizing Trump supporters and that seems to scare critics more than anything.
“For Donald Trump to represent that in the American context and to be here (in Scotland) and to be public, even if he doesn’t say much about it, is still, you know, pretty powerful synergy statement for the people who worry about the effects of all of this.”
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