After the euphoria of seeing the EU referendum go his way, and cosying up to Combover Crybaby Donald Trump later in the year, former UKIP Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage must have thought he was on a roll. Sadly, he is now discovering, after the European Parliament stopped paying his MEP’s salary after he was caught fiddling his expenses, that his stock could go down as well as up.
Squeaky racist bigot finger up the bum time
But Nige was still lionised across the USA, or at least those parts of it that have no objection to the election of white supremacists, anti-Semites, and in the case of his latest endorsement, child molesters. Because Farage gave his ringing endorsement recently to Judge Roy Moore, running for the US Senate seat in Alabama vacated by the elevation to US Attorney General of one Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.
Roy Moore - child molesting bigot loses
Mr Thirsty may not have left any trace of this endorsement on his Twitter feed, but Moore marked the occasion, as I noted recently. This may be not unrelated to several women coming forward to testify that Moore had behaved inappropriately towards them when they were in their teens. One of his accusers had been 14 at the time. An appearance by Moore on Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse) only made matters worse.
But not to worry for Alabama Republicans: despite some in the party asserting that Moore should stand down, Trump just went ahead and endorsed him anyway. Yes, the President of the USA gave his full-throated backing to a neo-Confederate, racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, child molesting homophobic bigot (Moore has previously backed moves to make homosexuality illegal). And so did Nigel Farage.
This, though, was a campaign destined to turn out not necessarily to his advantage: in a state that last elected a Democrat to the Senate 25 years ago, African-American voters turned out in significant numbers to get Moore’s opponent Doug Jones over the win line. Nigel Farage had backed another loser. And there was worse to come.
Mr Thirsty has endorsed other less than savoury characters in the States: last weekend he proclaimed “A must-watch interview with the brilliant @SebGorka”. Gorka proved too poisonous even for the Trump White House. He, too, is a racist bigot. And Farage then endorsed the dubious wisdom of Ann Coulter, the Stateside Katie Hopkins, who eagerly Retweeted fake videos from far-right Britain First.
Could it get worse still? It certainly could: Farage, it has been reported to Zelo Street, was seen last weekend at a local rugby club, knocking back pints, smoking away, and making lots of calls. But he was alone. The much-vaunted security that he so needed was absent. Why so? Well, the Police declined to give him protection, and now the EU money has dried up, he would have to pay for it out of his own pocket. So it’s ceased.
That’s because Nige was lying about needing protection. Like he lies about so much more. But he isn’t lying when he backs racist child molesters. As the far right likes to say when pushing its dubiously sourced propaganda, let that sink in.