November 15th, 2016
Dangerous buffoons are not, of course, a phenomenon unique to US politics. As if to remind us, Nigel Farage, the loudmouthed Brexiteer, has neatly smeared both people protesting against Donald Trump and people who use drugs.
Asked about anti-Trump protestors in inimitable style (below) by his Fox News host—”They’re yelling and screaming, it’s almost as though, Chicken Little: The sky is falling!”—the British politician, who campaigned openly for Trump, laughingly claimed to recognize their faces from anti-Brexit protests.
“Look, let’s be frank,” he continued. “These people were all too busy smoking drugs to go out and vote. And yet they go and protest.”
Farage, who was most likely referring to marijuana use, might want to be careful how he directs his sneers in a US context. Three more red states legalized medical marijuana last week, while the 60 percent of US citizens who support adult-use legalization include many Republicans.
Farage was speaking after his visit to Trump Tower at the weekend made him one of the first foreign politicians to meet with the new president-elect, despite his holding no position in the UK government. This has caused consternation in London.