(Salon) -- Nigel Farage, the right-wing British politician and prominent advocate of last June’s successful Brexit referendum, was beside himself when he wrote for the British tabloid newspaper Daily Mail about his experience of speaking at a recent Donald Trump rally. Farage described the event as “more like a rock concert than a political meeting.” While the Eurosceptic Brit did not endorse Trump outright, he did, in a state of starstruck rapture, compare the Republican presidential candidate to the most renowned Republican president in modern history, Ronald Reagan.
“It is worth remembering,” wrote Farage, “that virtually everyone thought that Ronald Reagan was unfit to be the U.S. president before he made a huge success of his two terms.”
For Never Trump conservatives, whose worship of Reagan borders on stoking a cult of personality, anyone comparing the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to the Gipper is outrageous. To these establishment figures, Reagan is on a par with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and likening him to a narcissistic ignoramus like Trump is simply offensive.
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