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Nigel Farage tells Republicans to drop 'negative, backward looking message' on 'stolen election'

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Nigel Farage, Britain’s Mr Brexit, delivered some awkward advice to conservatives at their annual gathering in Orlando, Florida, on Friday: Stop moaning about the 2020 election result and focus on offering voters a positive message.

He addressed an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference that had already heard from dozens of speakers that Donald Trump was cheated of victory.

And Trump himself is expected to reheat his grievances when the meeting’s star attraction appears on Saturday.

Farage, who now hosts a show on right-wing British TV, said postal voting had been a disaster before asking: ‘But does it make sense for the Republican policy to go on talking about the stolen election?

‘Well, you may say yes in this whole 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 those things.’

Aides have privately told Trump it is time to move on from the 2020 result.

They fear his mix of conspiracy theories and anger will alienate voters, or deter his supporters from turning out in the midterms.

Nigel Farage closed CPAC's Friday night with a barrage of jokes and some difficult advice for conservatives.'This message of a stolen election, if you think about it is actually a negative, backward looking message,' he told the annual gathering in Florida

Nigel Farage closed CPAC’s Friday night with a barrage of jokes and some difficult advice for conservatives. ‘This message of a stolen election, if you think about it is actually a negative, backward looking message,’ he told the annual gathering in Florida

Donald Trump continues to rail against the outcome of the 2020 election. He is due to appear at CPAC on Saturday, but on Friday was spotted playing golf at his West Palm Beach club

Donald Trump continues to rail against the outcome of the 2020 election. He is due to appear at CPAC on Saturday, but on Friday was spotted playing golf at his West Palm Beach club

Farage was the final speaker on the main stage on Friday afternoon, and delivered a rapid fire series of jokes and bombast that brought laughter and cheers from the crowd

Farage was the final speaker on the main stage on Friday afternoon, and delivered a rapid fire series of jokes and bombast that brought laughter and cheers from the crowd

But none has offered the advice quite as publicly as his friend Farage. 

‘And this message of a stolen election, if you think about it is actually a negative, backward looking message,’ he continued.

‘There is a better there is a better, more positive message the Republican Party needs to embrace and it’s this: We are going state by state vote by vote to make sure that America has the best the cleanest the fairest election system anywhere in the Western world. 

‘We will make sure no election again ever you’ll be open to doubt and that negative anger must be turned into a positive. You’ve got to offer voters of this country, a shining city on the hill.’

The Republican Party, he said, was the party of hope. 

If it was a message the audience did not want to hear they managed to hide it. After a moment of silence, polite applause rippled through the hall.

The idea that Biden won unfairly, through election rigging, is an article of faith for many attendees. 

But Farage is a popular figure. 

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) poses for a selfie with a Donald Trump supporter at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (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 in favor of Brexit in 2016, a referendum seen as a harbinger of the populist forces that would propel Trump to victory months later. 

That earned him an exalted position in Trumpist circles as a master strategist.

He was given a rousing reception as he took the stage, and the audience took his honest advice in good humor. 

They laughed and cheered as he delivered punchlines punctuated by his smoker’s cough. 

The rest of his speech offered familiar fare, as he condemned Biden for allowing Vladimir Putin to make his move on Ukraine.

And he was savvy enough to praise Governor Ron DeSantis, whose rivalry with Trump has been one of the storylines of the meeting.

‘Isn’t it appropriate that CPAC is being held in Florida? The one state in the USA, that with Ron DeSantis as governor maintained a sane and sensible policy, whilst the rest of the world went mad,’ he said.

But his analysis of the conflict in Ukraine will attract criticism that he is parroting Moscow’s talking points that some parts of the country should be part of Russia.

‘Vladimir Putin is a nationalist Russian,’ he said. ‘He wants to get back – at least I thought he wanted to get back – the Russian speaking areas into his country. 

‘When it comes to those two eastern provinces in Ukraine, well, they are Russian speaking. 

‘I always thought that we were dealing with somebody who was actually very logical. But I now begin to wonder whether he is.

‘Then again, of course, he’s had nothing to fear has he? The worst American president in the history of this nation? No question.’

He added that things would have been different with a different person in the White House. 

‘I am in no doubt that if Donald Trump had still been the president, that invasion of Ukraine would not have happened, he said. ‘I’m in no doubt about that.’

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