FORMER US president Bill Clinton has used the Brexit vote in the UK as evidence that Hillary Clinton can beat Donald Trump if she remains “the grown up” in the contest for the White House.
The two-term Democrat president revealed how he coached his wife Hillary in the face of growing anger at the political establishment in Washington, which he compared to the disdain for European Union among voters in Britain.
He warned her that there was “a lot of populism, because there’s a lot of road rage”, adding that “people believe the political and economic order have let them down”.
But he said she could emerge victorious if she presented herself as the “’answers person’ not an ‘anger person’”.
Scorn for politicians in America was mirrored by British voters’ decision to cut ties with Brussels, the former Arkansas governor told CNBC.
But he also claimed that a majority of Britons actually wanted to remain in the EU and the vote on June 23 had gone the other way because of a high turnout amongst Leave supporters.
He said: “Voter turnout was what made the difference.
“The actual number of people who wanted to stay (in the EU) was slightly greater than the people who voted to go.
“But the people who voted, voted to go.”
Until now it has been the Republican candidate and billionaire businessmen who has used Brexit as proof that he can win the November presidential election.
The former host of the US version of The Apprentice invited Nigel Farage to speak at a rally and to offer tips to the Republican party on how to capitalise on the wave of public anger that has swept across both sides of the Atlantic.
But Mr Clinton appeared to suggest that his wife Hillary could actually benefit from the populism and public anger at the establishment as long as she was “prepared” for it.
He said: “I still believe that in the end they’ll choose answers over anger, and empowerment over resentment. Unity over division and bridges over walls. But they may not.
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