Election 2020

Clinton Camp: Brexit 'Instructive,' But Not Campaign-Changing

(Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager said Sunday that the Brexit vote was “very instructive,” but he doesn’t want to “create too many false equivalencies between a referendum overseas about an economic union and a vote here in the United States for president.”

Donald Trump said at a press conference while visiting his Scotland golf course that he saw a “big parallel” between the British vote to leave the European Union and the U.S. campaign cycle.

“People want to take their country back. They want to have independence, in a sense, and you see it with Europe, all over Europe. You’re going to have more than just — in my opinion, more than what happened last night, you’re going to have, I think many other cases where they want to take their borders back. They want to take their monetary back,” Trump said. “They want to take a lot of things back. They want to be able to have a country again. So, I think you’re going have this happen more and more.I really believe that, and I think it’s happening in the United States. It’s happening by the fact that I’ve done so well in the polls.”

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told Fox News Sunday that there’s a similarity in the “feeling of the electorate.”

“Voters here in the United States are incredibly frustrated. There aren’t enough new jobs getting created, wages aren’t rising. So, people are very, very frustrated. And the next president is going to have to address that issue. And I think this — the Brexit event is actually very instructive. And I think voters were taking stock of how both candidates responded to the situation,” Mook said, adding that his candidate “came out very quickly, obviously said that the voters had spoken — but said that we need to make sure that middle-class family savings, hard-earned savings, aren’t affected by what happened.”

“In complete contrast, Donald Trump went out, talked about his golf course, all the fancy plumbing at his resort, and said that he was actually glad that the British pound was plummeting because it would help his bottom line,” he said. “You know, there’s a real contrast here. Hillary Clinton looks at this through the lens of how it’s going to affect middle-class families, Donald Trump through the lens of how it will help his bottom line.”

Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, told NBC the issue is “people taking back control.”

“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 UK It’s in the best interest of countries all over the world,” Manafort said. “…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.”

Clinton’s campaign put out an ad this past weekend criticizing Trump’s Brexit response. “Every president is tested by world events, but Donald Trump thinks about how his golf resort can profit from them,” a narrator says.

Manafort called it “an example again of the tone deafness of the Clinton campaign.”

“Hillary Clinton is ignoring the reality because she’s part of the establishment. She can’t get away from the fact that she is part of the problem that’s being rejected,” he said. “So when she tries to distract with commercials like this, she’s once again showing that she is absolutely afraid of the consequences of what Brexit represented and what the Trump phenomenon in the primaries represented, which is historic numbers of people voting for change against the establishment.”