- The Washington Times - Friday, June 24, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The British people proved they were not only willing to consider radical change, but vote for it.

The question now remains: Will the American people do the same?

The presidential choice come November is stark — a billionaire business mogul who is vowing to end crony capitalism and put America first, or an established politician who supports globalism and open borders.

Immigration was a key issue that moved the British to vote out of the European Union — they simply wanted to control their borders in the age of the Islamic State. They also felt disappointed by the global economy. They were paying about $12 billion a year for EU membership, yet saw no benefit from it. Support for Brexit came mainly from disadvantaged parts of England.

But those who vocalized their support of an exit were called racist, bigots and xenophobes. The mainstream media was against them, as was the majority of the celebrity culture.

“The Brexit debate has made Britain more racist,” a headline in The Washington Post declared two days ago.

The Intercept wrote: “Brexit could push Europe deeper into scapegoating and xenophobia.”

Sound familiar? Supporters of Mr. Trump — who advocates “America first” policies — have been called the same, in the same hyped-up manner.

The debates over the British exit vote and whether to support Mr. Trump both boil down to the same issues: Distrust of the political establishment, backlash against globalism, and the want for tighter immigration.

Polls leading up to the vote showed the British would remain. It seems those who voted to leave said one thing in a poll and then did a different thing in the voting booth. It led pundits to wonder if Mr. Trump’s support could be more than what’s shown in national and state surveys.

“Polls consistently underestimating right-wing support — Cameron & Bibi, now Brexit. So if polls show Clinton up 5, could Trump be even?,” tweeted Bill Kristol, founder and editor of the conservative Weekly Standard.

Thursday in Britain, the working class turned up in record numbers — and revolted. They rejected the elite, unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels, the bankers in London, and the liberal policies of David Cameron and President Obama.

We’ll have to wait until November to see if Americans will do the same.

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