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Nigel Farage claims Donald Trump election defeat is ‘temporary setback’ and tips him to run again in 2024

George Martin
·3-min read
GOODYEAR, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 28: British politician Nigel Farage (R) praises U.S. President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport October 28, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. With less than a week until Election Day, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, are campaigning across the country. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Farage supported Trump throughout his time in office. (Getty)

Nigel Farage has declared that Donald Trump’s defeat in the US election is “by no means a disaster” as he tipped the incumbent president to run again in 2024.

The leader of the Brexit Party, which will soon change its name to Reform UK to protest against lockdowns, claimed there were several positive outcomes for the Republican party despite overall defeat.

“Let's be clear about the outcome of this election,” Nigel Farage, a longstanding ally of Trump’s, told Andrew Castle on LBC radio.

“Number one, the Republicans gained seats in the House of Representatives. Number two, they're going to hold on to the Senate. Number three, Trump broke into the black vote, the latino vote in a way no modern Republican leader had done before.”

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Nigel Farage, British politician and leader of the Brexit Party, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020 (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union on February 28, 2020 in National Harbor, MD. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Farage tipped Trump to run again in 2024. (Getty)

“He may have lost but this is by no means a disaster for the Republican party," Farage confirmed.

“If Donald Trump runs again in 2024 he’ll be younger than Joe Biden is now. I know Trump well enough to know, he just doesn’t believe in defeat - there’s no such word in his vocabulary.

“He will see this, in my opinion, as a temporary setback on the road. I think he’s the candidate for 2024, I really do.”

It comes after Farage lost £10,000 having bet on Trump to win in the run up to election day earlier this week.

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Farage posted a picture of himself holding a sign displaying the 15/8 bet in Washington DC with the Capitol building in the background as the polls closed on 3 November.

He placed the wager after Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen put down $10,000 on a Biden victory.

Trump has so far refused to concede defeat in the election despite Biden passing the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory on Saturday.

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Instead he said in a statement the election was "far from over", and accused the former vice president of "falsely posing as the winner".

The Trump campaign has recently brought lawsuits in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, all of which were crucial to Mr Biden's win.

Most of these have been dismissed, but the Trump campaign has vowed to file more cases next week.

In a statement issued while golfing at his club in Virginia, Mr Trump said: "The simple fact is this election is far from over.

"Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

"Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated."