Nigel Farage praises Donald Trump's 'go back' comments as 'genius'

Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader, Brexit campaigner and member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage smiles as he attends a debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting of June 20-21 (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigel Farage has hailed that Donald Trump's "go back" comments aimed at four congresswomen of colour as "genius".

Widely condemned as racist and offensive, the US President told the four Democrats known as ‘the Squad’ to return to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came".

Despite the almost unanimous criticism, Brexit Party leader Farage has praised Mr Trump's words as being politically shrewd.

In an interview with The Times, Mr Farage compared watching his ally's "pretty brisk style" to being a child watching daleks on Doctor Who.

Mr Farage added: "I thought, 'Dear, oh dear, oh dear'. You realise, 48 hours on, it was genius because what's happened is the Democrats gather round the Squad, which allows him to say, 'Oh look, the Squad are the centre of the Democratic Party'.

"He's remarkably good at what he does.

"He does things his way. But he is a remarkably effective operator."

Mr Trump was targeting congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib with the remarks.

They are all US citizens and only Ms Omar, from Somalia, was born elsewhere.

The President criticised the women "who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world".

He suggested "why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came".

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