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Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks during a campaign rally of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Jackson, Miss., on Aug. 24, 2016
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The outgoing head of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, championed Donald Trump’s performance in the spin room following Sunday’s presidential debate in St. Louis.

Praising his efforts during the debate, Farage likened Trump to “a silverback gorilla,” and called him a “big alpha male,” according to the Guardian. “He looked like a big gorilla prowling the set and he is that big alpha male — that’s what he is, that’s what he is,” Farage said.

Farage’s words of support come at a time when Trump is losing the backing of many of his fellow Republicans after the damaging disclosure on Friday of a tape exposing him making offensive remarks about women that some people have claimed amount to an admission of sexual assault.

While a number of prominent Republicans have spoken out publicly against Trump’s comments and withdrawn from his corner, Farage appears as enamored as ever with his fellow “Mr. Brexit.”

The UKIP leader had initially joined the nominee on the campaign trail in August, where he compared Trump’s quest for the White House to his own successful bid to lead Britain to exit the European Union.

Farage also delivered a few words about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the Guardian reports, claiming that she poses a threat to democratic values.



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