Manafort: Brexit Was Rejection of Globalism, Establishment; "Clinton Is Epitome Of Establishment"

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Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said the result of the Brexit referendum was the British people taking back control, rejecting globalism and "faceless bureaucrats" who told them how to live. Manafort likened the referendum to "the same issues that cause the angst in America today." He called Clinton the epitome of the establishment that American voters are ready to depose.

"The promises that globalism is the solution, the promise that government's going to make your life better if you just give up your freedoms, the promises that we know better than you on how to make your lives better, have been rejected," Manafort declared on Sunday's Meet the Press. "That's what Donald Trump has identified, that's what Brexit identified, and that's what's going to be the basis for the election in 2016."

Transcript, via NBC News:

CHUCK TODD: Let me start with Brexit. What I want to know is whether Donald Trump believes what happened in the U.K. is in the best interest of the United States. He said it was good for the U.K., and I understand that. But does he believe what happened is in the best interest to the United States?

PAUL MANAFORT: Well, you have to understand what happened there. What happened with Brexit was people taking back control. I mean, they get the faceless bureaucrats in Brussels and Strasbourg who have ruled and told the Brits how to live and making promises for them that their lives would get better and talking about a future based on globalism versus family and individual and local community.

That's what Brexit was all about. And the reality is, those are the same issues that cause the angst in America today. And this election, in 2016, where Donald Trump is the only change agent, is set up perfectly on those same themes, because Hillary Clinton is the epitome of the establishment. She's been in power for 25 years.

And the issues, the promises that globalism is the solution, the promise that government's going to make your life better if you just give up your freedoms, the promises that we know better than you on how to make your lives better, have been rejected. That's what Donald Trump has identified, that's what Brexit identified, and that's what's going to be the basis for the election in 2016.

CHUCK TODD: I understand that. But you didn't get at the core part of the question I asked. Does he believe that what happened with Brexit and what it could lead to, was in the best interest of the United States?

PAUL MANAFORT: Obviously, people feeling that their government is responsive to them is in the best interest of the United States. It's in the best interest of the U.K., it's in the best interest of countries all over the world. And as far as the ability of the United States to work with the U.K., I was interested to hear Mr. Milliband, he's part of the establishment.

He's the Hillary Clinton of Britain. He was just rejected in the results of the Brexit vote. So for him to say with total arrogance that we know better, even though we lost, than the people of Britain, that's exactly the arrogance that Donald Trump is talking about and that Hillary Clinton represents and is going to be the basis for the campaign this fall.

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