Sadly for him, he did this on an open Twitter feed, and so the rest of the world could call him out. So when he asserted “The Green New Deal is a fantasy. It will cost jobs”, along came Dan Clarke to remind him “You spelt Brexit wrongly”. When Farage claimed “Trump is superb on law and order. His best part of the debate so far”, there was just derision.
Then, after he pitched “Joe showing first signs of tiredness. Could be a long 45 minutes for him” (it was 90 minutes, Nige, details, eh?) and was rebuked by one Tweeter pointing out “Don't mistake exasperation for tiredness”, the law and order business arrived at far right violence, which Trump tried to blame on the left, while convincing no-one.
This was difficult for Farage, especially as Trump uttered the line “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by”, which he has tried to row back since, to little avail. The neo-Nazi group has taken the remark as a ringing endorsement. Instead, Mr Thirsty homed in on Antifa, an area where he was keen to show he was in lockstep with the Trump campaign.
And it was at this point that the Farage pants spontaneously combusted. “Antifa is a domestic terrorist organisation. Far from condemning them, Biden says ‘they’re just an idea’. Disgraceful”. The problem for Nige is that Biden is right, and he is wrong. Antifa, for starters, is not an organisation. And calling it one will not change that reality.
Carole-Anne Collins asked The Great Man “Where's their HQ Nige? Who are the ‘organisation’s' leaders? Come on, tell us all”. Benjamin Smith was unconvinced. “They're not an organisation Nigel. Basic stuff. There's no central organisation. Stop talking about things that you blatantly don't understand. It's getting embarrassing”. Indeed it is.
As a Vox article put it, “It is not a unified organization, but rather a loose ideological label for a subset of left-wing radicals who believe in using street-level force to prevent the rise of what they see as fascist movements … Internal FBI assessments and protest-related court documents tell a consistent story: Antifa members are not responsible for the unrest … the ‘antifa’ discussed in the president’s tweets and on Fox News … are a trumped-up boogeyman for the conservative movement”. Including Nigel Farage.
The Vox piece also reminds us “Antifa’s origin story begins in the 1930s, in two European countries: Germany and the United Kingdom”. Like in the resistance to the British Union of Fascists that culminated in the Cable Street protests. Which side of those protests would Nigel Farage have been on? Who were the domestic terrorists then?
Which side would he have backed in World War 2? Don’t all shout at one, Farage fans.
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