tv Nigel Farage at Conservative Political Action Conference CSPAN March 4, 2019 12:44am-1:06am EST
last year, last time he asked this question wasn't about televising cabinet but extending his cv to be a cabinet minister. perhaps you wants to surround the cabinet table and be on the television all the time. >> we never knew if the honorable member had such ambition but maybe it lurks within him. i was merely acknowledging welcom >> you've been watching prime minister's questions from the british house of commons. wednesdaytch live on on c-span2, or sunday on c-span. to can also go to c-span.org find video of past prime minister's questions and other british public affairs programs. >> on friday, former british independence party leader nigel farage spoke at the annual
conservative action conference. he talked about his support of brexit and criticized theresa may's approach to the process. this is 20 minutes. mr. farage: hello, cpac! are we having a good time? are we winning? we are 2.5 years on from the dramatic events we saw of 2016. the brexit referendum, where nobody thought it was possible, where you of course send us president obama to tell us we should not vote for it, and we did it. on november 8, 2016, despite the
fact that we were told it was a 98% certainty that crooked hillary would win. [laughter] mr. farage: i think she is called crooked hillary. someone coined that phrase, and he is good at that kind of thing, isn't he? we were at cpac that year. goodness knows why they keep having me back. but i love it. we were in a state of euphoria. but if you think about it, 2.5 years on, the one common theme on both sides of the pond is that the establishment, the big businesses behind it, simply refuse to accept the results. they don't accept the legitimacy of trump, of the brexit referendum. and the campaign against your president, i have to say, at
times, i think the whole thing is pretty disgusting. there can never have been -- [applause] mr. farage: there can never have been a president who has been subject to more abuse and vitriol than donald trump, and i thought this week it sunk to the depths because we saw a convicted liar, some would even say scumbag. [applause] mr. farage: let's say scumbag, shall we? what on earth was michael cohen being given that platform for if not the denigration of your president? we have evermore fantastical conspiracy theories that somehow either the electorate was mesmerized or the russians pumped in money and the endless
mueller investigation and nonstop questioning the legitimacy of your president. and sometimes, if you are on this side of the argument, it feels as if we are living under constant assault. and that is because we are living under constant assault. [applause] and yet, here we are, here we are with trump having delivered most of the promises that he made. how about that? how about that? [applause] you know, generally, what happens in western politics is leaders make promises and then willfully betray them. here, you have a president who is absolutely dead set on delivering his promises, and it really doesn't matter what the
new york times say, what cnn says. it doesn't matter. what matters is actually the base. and when i say trump's base, i kind of think i am looking at them right now. [applause] tell me, have i got this wrong? have i misread this? >> no! mr. farage: is the base strong? >> yes! mr. farage: i cannot hear you. is the base strong? of course it is. of course it is. he is looking in good shape. i particularly think he is looking in good shape because of what is happening with the democrats. because a little bit like the british labour party, which has now been taken over by extreme marxists, looks to me like the same thing is happening with the democrat party.
you know, i know that when aoc goes on the television and spouts this failed doctrine of socialism -- [booing] mr. farage: does socialism work? tell you what, just look at venezuela, and there you have your answer. it is a failed doctrine. [applause] mr. farage: and i know that it has become attractive to a certain percentage of the younger population. it has become attractive to them because they have never lived under it, never seen it, because the idea that everything should be free -- i mean, who doesn't want stuff for free? the fact is, socialism doesn't work, and what i am seeing here in the democrat party are very
similar hard left forces that are now taking over. and much as we must stand up and defend free markets, liberty, genuine capitalism over corporatism, much as we may do that, and we must do that, maybe we should be pleased that the hard left are taking over the labour party. the hard left are taking over the democrats. because the further to the left they go, the higher they want taxes to be. the less chance they have of getting elected. so it is ok. it is ok. and i think, to be honest with you, here we are in the middle of the term. you have a president who showed the world he is a strong leader, a president who showed the american people he keeps his promises.
and honestly, i think the outlook for 2020 is very, very good indeed. he is going to get reelected with a much bigger majority. [applause] mr. farage: no question. he is. he is. he is. [crowd chanting "four more years"] that chant fore next year. but i agree with you. let's hope aoc gets as much television and radio coverage as possible. make the democrats look like hard left socialists, and you will be in with a massive electoral college win. [applause] now, we, on my side of the pond, have suffered much the same problem with brexit. the complete refusal of our
political class, the complete refusal of much of our media class, and absolutely the refusal of much of our big, global business class, to accept the results of brexit. and remember, brexit was the greatest exercise in democracy in the history of the united kingdom. [applause] mr. farage: 17 million. i know because i met them all in the previous 25 years. voted for brexit, and yet, just as with your presidents, they tried to denigrate an attack, -- denigrate and attack those of
us that led the campaign. use, project fear once again, that if we leave the clutches of the european union, somehow, there will be disastrous effects on jobs, on investments, the future will be bleak, like going back to the depression. plagues of black locusts. [laughter] they will descend upon our land. but none of it, in one way, should matter. because the people have not changed their mind. in fact, i would say there are many that voted remain because they believe in democracy and because they are fair-minded people. they think it was only right and proper that that result is implemented. i stand today before you. in 28 days time, on march 29, at
11:00 p.m., we are due to leave the european union. [cheering] mr. farage: yeah. and with that, we become a free, independent, self-governing democratic nation that makes its kowtow tothat doesn't foreign bureaucrats. that controls its own borders and does those things. it sounds easy, doesn't it? i shouldn't need to do any work for the next four weeks. in fact, i could go for a party, a full week party. i would love to go for a full week party. but i am afraid we have a bit of a problem. our leader is not made of the
same stuff that your leader is made of. our leader has negotiated a withdrawal agreement that reads like a surrender document of a nation that has been beaten at war and literally has a gun to its head. our withdrawal agreement means we would leave the european union in name only but not get back possibly for many years or maybe never, our rights and ability to set our own laws, control our own borders, and crucially, to reach out to our friends in the world. and there is no nation on earth are closer aligned to emotionally, intellectually, historically, culturally man --
than the great united states of america. [applause] under mrs. may's deal, it would be many years and maybe never until we could negotiate a genuine bilateral trade deal with america, which i so desperately want. but in many ways, that should not be a problem. because the legislation says that we leave on march 29 with a withdrawal agreement or, in the absence of that, without a withdrawal agreement. [applause] likearage: what is not to about leaving their wretched customs union, leaving their single market, getting away from the mr. junckers and the mr. tusks looked down and abuse our
nation? our leader and parliament cannot countenance us getting real independence. i have everything crossed and i hope we do leave on that day with, as it is called, no deal, a wto deal, but there is a very real risk that because of the sheer awfulness of a withdrawal agreement that we may find that our political class actually choose willfully to delay our departure date. to betray the greatest act we have ever seen in our nation. and i don't know what is going to happen, but i worry that will happen, so what i have been doing is i have been getting ready. i have been getting fit. if they do betray this result, if they force us to fight future elections and maybe even another referendum, they will do so
thinking they can overturn the will of the people. but i've got news for them. if they think, by forcing us to vote again, they will get the results they want, they got two problems. one of them is the reasonableness and decent miss of british people, and the second is they will have me to deal with again. [applause] oh yeah.e: oh yeah. what --ou i tell you what, the last time i burst onto the national political scene, they hated it. if i have to come back and do this again, if i have to come
back and win this again, then i will do it, but i will tell you, if i had to do this again, next time it will be no more mr. nice guy, all right? [applause] so please take this away with you, brexit will happen, whether it happens on march 29, whether we have to fight this again, brexit happen. trump will get reelected. there's no question in my and i feel we're winning these battles. the biggest happening to fre e speech. what is happening to free speech in our colleges and our universities. we must stand and fight against that. people must speak freely. zuckerberg,t mark
which he didn't enjoy very much, i've got to tell you. outrageous, facebook says they are a platform for all ideas, when actually they are censoring conservative concepts. it's an outrage they are doing it. seven years ago today, andrew breitbart died suddenly. he was, it in many ways, a pioneer of the movement of the argument that we could go behind the back of mainstream media and use social media to reach our audiences. we should not only pay tribute to him, but also to his warning. he predicted that censorship would be used on social media to stifle debate, and we need our legislators, we need them to redefine organizations like
facebook and publishers so they are responsible for the content that they put out. [applause] and a final thought for me, if you think back to why brexit happen,, to why trump to why the extraordinary new italian coalition has been put together, and they are going well, they are doing really, really well. but if you think that to it, there was one policy above all that stirred the hearts of people. one policy above all that may people go to the ballot box and take part in those elections. is no longerpolicy being talked about. those, that one policy,
who run big businesses, would rather we didn't talk about. let us remind ourselves that open borders, security, community, and immigration, that is why we won those great battles in 2016. that is not be browbeaten. let us not be influenced by money. let us not be browbeaten by the media or anybody else. it is right and proper that the nationstate control its borders. it is right and proper that we do that. [applause] proper thatht and we try to make our communities as safe as the can in an age of
international terrorism. it is right and proper that we are unashamedly proud and patriotic of our countries, our nations, our identity. proper that we do those things. and above all, it is right and proper that as we go about our business, as we ready ourselves for the next big campaigns that we know will happen here in america and will if all things in the unitedn kingdom, to remember that we are the real people. we are here, not because we want careers. we are here because of our passion. we are here because of our beliefs. we are here because we care about our communities, a better countries, and about the role in the world.
the best piece of advice i give all of you is when we go out , let's befight, smile happy warriors. [applause] >> thank you very much. and you. >> also speaking at the american conservative union annual conservative political conference were jim jordan and mark meadows of ohio. this runs about 15 minutes. [app] >> thank you. how about one for him? -- howut it caller: about it? how about one for him?