During his term in the White House, former President Donald Trump frequently expressed support for the Brexit movement that resulted in the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. This week, however, he clashed with one of the movement’s leaders during a GB News interview.
Nigel Farage asked the 2024 presidential candidate about his allegations that the 2020 election was rigged, beginning the segment with a reference to Fox News Channel’s recent settlement with Dominion Voting Systems. The cable news network agreed to pay $787.5 million in response to a defamation suit regarding on-air claims about Dominion’s machines.
“Fox, which has been an incredibly important channel in the states, just paid out a large sum of money,” Farage began.
Trump responded by expressing alarm over the perceived precedent that the massive payout set.
“It’s incredible that they did that,” he said. “If you think of what they did, they are a platform. That would mean anybody that goes onto a platform that says something wrong, you’re going to sue the platform? It’s ridiculous why they paid this money. The election was rigged, and Rupert Murdoch should have talked about it.”
From there, Farage seemed to admonish Trump for his continued focus on the last race even as he appears to be on course to take on President Joe Biden again in the next election.
“My point to you is if you’re going to win this next year, in November 2024, you’re not going to win it talking about what happened last time,” he said. “Haven’t you got to send a positive message?”
Nigel Farage: "If you're gonna win this next year in Nov. 2024, you're not going to win it talking about what happened last time."
Donald Trump: "But Nigel, you brought it up. You brought this up to me. I didn't bring it up to you…it was rigged." pic.twitter.com/eyFGOArAYz
— Republican Accountability (@AccountableGOP) May 3, 2023
Trump quickly shot back, insisting that he did not introduce the topic and the 2020 election is not a central topic of discussion in his current campaign.
“You brought this up to me,” he told Farage. “I didn’t bring it up. You mentioned something, and I said look, it was rigged. And I say that I’ll always say that. It doesn’t mean that out of a one-hour speech, I’m going to devote half of it to that. I might devote 10 seconds to it, but the election was rigged. It was a rigged election. It was a very dishonest election.”