This week it was announced that President Trump will visit the UK on Friday 13th July. Unsurprisingly, the media have already discussed how big the protests will be, and whether it is the correct decision to allow the US President to visit. However, what the media fail to admit is that a significant amount of the UK public actually like President Trump.
Populism has been on the rise throughout the western world. People thought when Trump announced his intention to stand for the US Presidency that he was joking. However, the year of 2016 was a MAJOR SHOCK, from Brexit to Trump. It is clear that populism is now a prominent ideology, and the world was certainly not expecting the dramatic rise.
Understandably, not everyone will be pleased to see the US President. Trump’s views and comments on women and Mexicans were controversial to say the least! Furthermore, there is no doubt that there will be protests during Trump’s visit, but there will also be a lot of excitement and support for him behind closed doors.
When comparing the tactics and policies of President Trump’s campaign and the Brexit campaign, it is rather difficult to spot any huge disagreements. As is the case with populism, the campaign of hope, a better future, and change will always do well. The liberal elite media need to understand that although a large number of people disagree with him and his policies, not everyone despises him and cried on election night!
The Brexit campaign offered something new and radical, and it was clear that one of the main reasons it beat the remain campaign, is because of the various members of the public who hadn’t voted in years and who have lost faith in politicians. The “silent majority” was absolutely a vital factor when breaking down who voted for Brexit.
The Trump campaign was exactly the same, not everyone who voted for Trump necessarily loved him or his policies, but they wanted change. Former President Barack Obama repeated time and time again that Hilary Clinton is the “most qualified candidate ever for President”. The irony is that if anything, people refused to vote for her because she was the same status quo and at the centre of the political elite. ]
The main consensus between these two campaigns were their ability to reach to the ordinary worker. People in the USA and the UK who were hacked off and tired of being told that their life was getting better”. However, it is safe to say that there won’t be thousands of people on the streets cheering and applauding him. Nonetheless, there will certainly be people who won’t speak their true feelings, but who are actually happy to see that the US-UK special relationship is as strong as it has ever been!