Caller Slams Farage As "Poor Man's Trump"

11 December 2015, 09:45 | Updated: 15 September 2016, 15:19

A caller to Nigel Farage's LBC show labelled him "a poor man's Donald Trump" as the pair clashed live on air.

Sadiq in Ilford accused the Ukip leader of having said similar things to the controversial Republican Presidential hopeful.

He claimed Mr Farage insisted that only Syrian Christians should be allowed into Britain.

But Mr Farage insisted he actually said we should "give priority" to Syrian Christians, as they have nowhere safe to live.

Sadiq asked the Ukip leader: "Nigel, aren't you really the poor man's version of Donald Trump? In the sense that you do think really what he says and you probably agree with him.

"You've said pretty much the same thing about Syrian Muslim refugees last year or the year before. I think it's outrageous that you get the air-time that you do.

"You call Jeremy Corbyn an extreme politician when you only have one MP in the Houses of Parliament."

But Mr Farage hit back, saying: "Well Sadiq, you can look at it how you like mate. We have a Conservative government with a majority who got exactly three times the Ukip got  and we got one MP.

"Whether you like it or don't like it, Ukip are the third political force in this country, quite comfortably.

"Sadiq, I'm sorry to disappoint you if your prejudice is that you want Ukip to be an extremist organisation that is against all sorts of people because of their religion or their colour.

"I'm really sorry to disappoint you, we are none of those things."

When Sadiq claimed he had said the same things that Mr Trump said, Farage responded: "I said nothing of the kind. I'm sorry.

"It's difficult, Sadiq, when you come on and you have a pre-conceived idea of what I said a year ago and it's not true."

Sadiq hit back: "Did you or did you not say that only Christian Syrian refugees should be allowed in to the UK?"

But Farage insisted: "No, I said we should give preferential treatment to Christians who literally have nowhere to go.

"God, you're going to hate this. I was the first politician in Britain in 2013 to say we should offer refugee status to some genuine refugees. I said it long before all of the others.

"That doesn't mean I'm not concerned when I see that Germany has taken in a million people this year and not actually been able to security check a single one of them.

"There are very legitimate concerns that we may well be importing terrorism."