Trump-Brexit comparisons are flawed because America has far bigger race problem than UK, says commentator

Donald Trump's "watering down the rhetoric" of his policies as he approaches presidency, says commentator

Donald Trump

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A leading commentator has claimed Donald Trump is watering down his previously strong rhetoric as he prepared to become US President, and suggested comparisons between the successes of Trump and Brexit are flawed - because America's race problem is far bigger than Britain's.

Jack Graham spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer after the Secretary of State for Kansas, Kris Kobach, revealed that his idea for a registry for immigrants from "terror-prone" Muslim countries is being considered by the new president-elect's policy advisers. 

Graham, who commentates on US politics for CapX, said that while this idea might sound extremely right-wing and intolerant, "there was a database in place under the Bush administration which did the same thing. Trump comes out with these strong things, but as he transitions towards running the country, they're watering them down in terms of rhetoric to make them feasible."

Graham added: "Making comparisons between Britain and America and between Brexit and Trump about race can only take you so far. It's a big problem in the UK, but a huge one in the States. [In America] it is very ugly, it's scapegoating certain groups of immigrants."

Listen to the full interview above.