During a specific discussion, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.– Leahy was joined on the line by Memphis entrepreneur and founder of the New American Populist movement Jeff Webb.
During the third hour, Webb gave his quick takeaways from the recent Brexit victory in Great Britain. The men also speculated whether or not this populist victory could be a precursor to the 2020 election producing a blowout win for Trump.
Leahy: Good morning Jeff.
Webb: Mike, good to be with you. It’s a great day. It’d be a great day to be in London right now, wouldn’t it?
Leahy: Yes. You follow that. A great victory for the pro-Brexit Conservative party in London. A big, big blowout victory.
Webb: It’s absolutely an amazing outcome for Nigel Farage who has fought this fight for 20 years and to end up with this outcome is absolutely unbelievable. Yeah, there’s lots to be done. The other thing that I thought was interesting was the last Brexit vote which was several years ago was almost a precursor to President Trump’s election.
His was a populist election as well. You kind of wonder if this blow out victory of Conservatives over Labor. And really Brexit coming to the heart of the issue. You wonder if it’s a precursor of Trump in 2020 right? It could be a blow out there as well.
Leahy: Crom Carmichael and I were just talking about that in the previous segment. That blowout victory that the Conservative have apparently now and Boris Johnson getting five more years in London is quite likely a precursor to 2020 general election here.
Because the Brexit victory happened five months before President Trump was elected in 2016. By the way Crom Carmichael in studio you’ve not met. He’s a successful businessman and venture investor in Nashville and wants to say hello.
Carmichael: Jeff nice to meet you. I’ve got a question because you may have been following what’s been going on in Britain more than I have. I remember when the Brexit vote was held a few years ago the results were shocking. Because the polls showed that the results would be the opposite.
Do you know what the polls were showing about the current election just a few days ago? Was it supposed to be a close election? Might Boris Johnson be defeated? Do you remember what that is? Because that’s a precursor to our election.
Webb: That’s a great point. And it’s nice to meet you too. I think that all the polls that I saw and all the commentary on the polls that I saw were predicting cautiously of course that Boris was going to win. I don’t know, I think in the back of their minds they were hoping they’d have this kind of outcome.
I don’t know that they expected it to be this profound. It’s very interesting about how it all happened because Nigel’s Brexit party appealed to candidates in certain of the election districts. Especially where Labor had been very strong.
And he did that because a number of them traditionally Labor voters and unions and so on were so anti-remain. In fact they were so pro-Brexit by going in there they wouldn’t anticipate a vote for a Conservative party member but a Brexit party member they would vote for as opposed to their traditional Labor vote.
And that theoretically is some of the really key areas drew votes away from Labor and to the benefit of the Conservative side. It’s an amazing victory. It’s an amazing victory. Now, what remains to be seen I think is whether Boris Johnson will really follow through. I mean he’s got to follow through to some extent.
To be tough and not have some kind of deluded deal like Teresa May had when he goes in. Nigel would say let’s just leave right now. We don’t need to have any kind of conditions. Let’s just go. So it’s going to be a very interesting 45 days here.
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