NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – FEBRUARY 24: British politician Nigel Farage walks on stage prior to his remarks during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 24, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. Hosted by the American Conservative Union, CPAC is an annual gathering of right wing politicians, commentators and their supporters. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP
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Brexit champion Nigel Farage told American conservatives Friday that Britain’s shock anti-Europe move and Donald Trump’s US presidential victory launched a “great global revolution” that will spread through more western nations.
Farage received a warm welcome at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he praised Trump’s “quite remarkable” victory. “2016, we did it!” boomed the former head of Britain’s UK Independence Party.
“We witnessed the beginning of a global political revolution. And it’s one that is not going to stop, it’s one that is going to roll out across the rest of the great world,” Farage said to loud cheers.
Last year “the nation-state democracy made a comeback against the globalists.”
Farage pointed to more “very exciting elections” in store in 2017 in Germany, France, the Netherlands and possibly Italy, where last year’s tumult led to the downfall of prime minister Matteo Renzi, along with British prime minister David Cameron.
The elections, he said, will “shift the center of gravity in the entire debate” as Europeans begin to reject “the idea of being governed by a bunch of unelected old men in Brussels.”
Europhobe Farage is known for his stridently anti-immigration positions, and at CPAC he slammed the “absolute madness and idiocy” of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for allowing refugees to pour across her nation’s borders.
“We’ve got to be clear; we’re not against anybody based on religion or ethnicity,” he insisted.
“But we’re for ourselves, we’re for our country, we’re for our communities, we’re for making our people safe, and with less risk from global terror.”
Farage also blasted US mainstream media for being “in deep denial” about Trump’s victory, but said Americans as a whole will grow to appreciate the new president.
“Just as Brexit becomes more popular by the day, President Trump will become more popular in America by the day,” he said.