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Trump takes a leaf out of Nigel Farage's book in final campaign rally

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“Today is our Independence Day. Today the American working class is going to strike back, finally.”

Donald Trump’s final campaign address of the 2016 US presidential race appeared to come straight out of the Nigel Farage school of speech-writing.

At the event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Republican candidate’s words appeared to echo those of the on-off leader of the UK’s UKIP Party, after Britain chose to leave the EU.

Nigel Farage, who appeared publically on Trump’s campaign trail in August, wrote this week that the Republican’s team sees Brexit as an inspiration and “no day goes by when he does not refer to it.”

“The whole Trump campaign sees Brexit as an inspiration. And no day goes by when he does not refer to it. The battle against the big business and political elites is very similar.”

Criticising Clinton

Trump predicted a Republican win in the state and, ultimately, in the whole election.

Once again, his speech focussed on attacking his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

“The first thing we should do: let’s get rid Hillary, OK? That would be a very good first step. That’s a good first step.

“Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to seek the office of the presidency of the United States. She is being protected by a totally rigged system that I’ve been talking about for a long time. It’s a rigged system.”

The man in the grainy image here is Tim Kaine, the Senator from Virginia who Hillary Clinton chose to be her Running mate. 

If all goes his way, the man could be Vice President-elect in a few short hours. 

Hispanic voters and why they matter

The population of the United States is changing. It’s been doing so for years now. In fact, white European are on track to lose their place as the majority ethnicity in 2060.

That’s arguably one reason why Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has done so well. Because Americans see their nation changing, and some are scared by that.

Trump offers a comfortable world view, where one can build walls and promise the return of jobs to the internal US labour market.

The Hispanic vote is much more significant in 2016 than it has ever been before.

And the Latino voters who have seen their community demonised as rapists and thieves are willing to show their anger at such depictions where it matters: at the ballot box.

And early voting data shows that many Hispanic voters have already shown their feelings, and their support for Hillary Clinton.

But it isn’t just a rise in population that has made the Hispanic vote impactful.

According to the University of Florida’s Daniel Smith, there has already been a marked increase in registered or eligible voters actually casting their vote.

36% of Hispanic voters in Florida who took the opportunity to vote early in this cycle, did not vote in 2012.  

If this continues and is the case across the country, the Hispanic population (at 17.6% of the population at last estimation) could be significant enough to swing the election for Hillary Clinton.

Of course, not all of these voters will cast their ballot for Clinton. Historically, the Hispanic population has been relatively conservative, due to a strong Roman Catholic tradition, and economic and political ties to the Republican Party being especially common in the Cuban-American population. 

Could Trump’s promise of a wall along the Mexican-US border, a promise which brought him so much attention and support, eventually be his downfall?

Nearly 60 million Hispanic Americans might well have their say in the next few hours. (Euronews)

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