Nigel Farage joined allies of Donald Trump as a warning that his push for the presidency will only be strengthened by the decision to indict him on Thursday. It comes as former President Trump called the indictment “a witch hunt” and “election interference” as a Manhattan grand jury investigated an alleged “hush money” payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels.
The indictment follows a number of attempts by Democrats to arrest President Trump on felony charges.
This infamously included a raid on his Mar-a-Lago, Florida home by FBI agents who claimed he brought confidential White House papers to the resort.
When Farage, a close friend of the 45th U.S. president, spoke about the charges Thursday night, he agreed that it was a witch hunt.
The former Brexit Party and UKIP leader told Express.co.uk: “This is a terrible abuse of power. Trump will draw strength from this.”
Polling suggests Mr Farage is right.
According to a poll for Fox News, Trump is supported by 54 percent of Republicans ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
His closest rival is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is a whopping 30 points behind on 24 percent of the party vote.
Mr Trump has toured US states in his newly refurbished campaign jet, rallying support for a third run at the White House.
He and his supporters of Make America Great Again (MAGA) believe the 2020 election was stolen from him to Joe Biden into the White House.
Since then, they believe there has been an attempt to legally “stitch” the former president and prevent a return to office in 2024.
Trump’s senior aide Jason Miller, the founder of the social media platform GETTR, also questioned the legitimacy of the charges.
He posted: “EVERY American will remember where they were when they heard the news that the Democrats did the unthinkable, suing a political opponent – the leading Republican for president – in an attempt to stop him from returning to the White House . them.”
He added: “The indictment of Trump in New York is not the best case against him.”
Meanwhile, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a MAGA supporter, said, “I am honored to give a Lincoln’s Day address tonight at Gettysburg.
“The irony of being on the battlefield when I found out that President Trump has been indicted is profound.
“My president is innocent and the only one standing in the way of these modern tyrants, just as our founding fathers did, to protect each of us from evil.”
The movement against Donald Trump by the grand jury is the first time in history that a US president has been indicted. According to US reports, the misdemeanor charge filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, sealed, is likely to be announced in the coming days.
The case was brought by prosecutor Alvin Bragg, who is accused of building a political career with the case.
In a statement on Thursday, President Trump said: “From the moment I descended the golden escalator at Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as your President of the United States, the radical left Democrats – the enemy of the hard- working men and women of this country – are involved in a witch hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement.”
He listed a series of attempts to sue him, saying: “You remember as I do: Russia, Russia, Russia; the Mueller hoax; Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine; Accusation Deceit 1; Accusation Deceit 2; the illegal and unconstitutional invasion of Mar-a-Lago; and now this.”
Others agree with Mr Farage that Mr Trump’s comeback has been boosted by the episode.
Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator and Trump ally, said, “The New York prosecutor has done more to get President Trump elected than any other person. Mr. Bragg, you have been amazingly helpful to Mr. Trump.”
Some prosecutors have questioned the decision to go after Stormy Daniels’ hush money and label it a “zombie case” because the case is already seven years old.
While even some Democrats have warned Bragg that he should “step back”.
Trump has already called on his supporters to take to the streets and protest.
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