Nigel Farage, Britain’s Mr. Brexit, gave some uncomfortable advice to conservatives at their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida on Friday: stop moaning about the 2020 election results and focus on offering voters a positive message.
He addressed a Conservative Political Action Conference audience that had already heard from dozens of speakers that Donald Trump had been tricked into winning.
And Trump himself is expected to rekindle his grievances when the main attraction of the meeting appears on Saturday.
Farage, who now hosts a show on right-wing British television, said the mail-in vote was a disaster, before asking: “But does it make sense for Republican politics to keep talking about stolen elections?
“Well, you can say yes in general because your political activists and you understand what happened.
“Remember, most voters are busy with their lives, busy with their mortgages, busy with their kids, worried about their jobs, worried about the price of gas, the cost of living and all of that.”
Aides privately told Trump it was time to drop the 2020 result.
They fear his mixture of conspiracy theories and anger will alienate voters or keep his supporters out of the midterms.
Nigel Farage ended CPAC’s Friday night with a flurry of jokes and some tough advice for conservatives. “This message about a stolen election, if you think about it, is actually a negative, backward-looking message,” he said at an annual meeting in Florida.
Donald Trump continues to protest the 2020 election results. He was scheduled to appear at CPAC on Saturday but was spotted playing golf at his West Palm Beach club on Friday.
Farage was the last speaker on the main stage on Friday afternoon and delivered a series of jokes and pathos that drew laughter and applause from the audience.
But no one offered this advice as publicly as his friend Farage.
“And this message about the stolen elections, if you think about it, is actually a negative, retrospective message,” he continued.
“There is a better, better, more positive message that the Republican Party needs to take, and that is this: We will be voting state by state to make sure America has the best, cleanest, fairest electoral system anywhere.” in the West. Peace.
“We will make sure that there is never an election again, you will have doubts and this negative anger should turn into positive. You must offer the voters of this country a shining city on a hill.”
The Republican Party, he said, was the party of hope.
If it was a message the audience didn’t want to hear, they were able to hide it. After a moment of silence, polite applause swept the hall.
The idea that Biden won unfairly, through electoral fraud, is an article of faith for many participants.
But Farage is a popular figure.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) poses for a selfie with a Donald Trump supporter at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida.
He was a key player in the United Kingdom’s decision to vote for Brexit in 2016, a referendum seen as a harbinger of the populist forces that would lead Trump to victory a few months later.
This earned him a high position in Trumpist circles as the chief strategist.
When he took the stage, he was given an enthusiastic reception, and the audience took his honest advice in good spirits.
They laughed and applauded as he delivered his punchline, interrupted by a smoker’s cough.
The rest of his speech contained familiar food as he denounced Biden for allowing Vladimir Putin to make his move on Ukraine.
And he was savvy enough to praise Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose rivalry with Trump was one of the meeting’s storylines.
“Isn’t it fitting that CPAC is in Florida? The only state in the US that, with Ron DeSantis as governor, pursued a sane and reasonable policy, while the rest of the world went crazy, ”he said.
But his analysis of the conflict in Ukraine will draw criticism for echoing Moscow’s claims that parts of the country should be part of Russia.
“Vladimir Putin is a Russian nationalist,” he said. “He wants to return – at least I thought he wants to return – the Russian-speaking territories to his country.
“As for these two eastern regions of Ukraine, they are Russian-speaking.
“I always thought we were dealing with someone who is actually very logical. But now I’m starting to doubt if that’s true.
“Again, of course, he had nothing to fear, did he? The worst American president in the history of this nation? No questions.’
He added that with another person in the White House, things would be different.
“I have no doubt that if Donald Trump was still president, this invasion of Ukraine would not have happened,” he said. “I don’t doubt it.