Get your oven mitts ready; you're gonna need 'em to handle these hot takes on what Brexit means for American politics.
It's impossible not to see similarities between the successful campaign for Britain to exit the European Union and the campaign for Donald Trump to enter the White House. We've noted them here at The Fix, and Trump himself invited comparisons when he spoke Friday at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland.
"I think there are great similarities between what happened here and my campaign," he said. "People want to take their country back."
But the Brexit punditry doesn't end there. That's merely lukewarm. Here are some takes on Brexit's U.S. impact that really bring the heat.
Brexit could make it harder for GOP leaders to steal the nomination from Trump
Of course there is a connection. Allow HotAir's "Allahpundit" to explain.
Does Brexit make Trump's ouster at the convention even less likely? The media narrative du jour, accurate or not, is that the same populist spirit animating the UK vote makes Trump a serious threat this fall. If populism was strong enough to pull Britain out of the EU's orbit, it must be strong enough to defeat a liberal as lame as Hillary Clinton. Trump's your best bet at victory now, or so the theory goes.
Allahpundit is all-in on making "Trexit" — Trump + Brexit — a thing by the way.
Forget Trexit. Texit could be next.
That's Texit, as in a Texas exit from the United States. It's a real movement that we've covered, though it doesn't have nearly as much momentum as Brexit did. Vox's Zack Beauchamp doesn't think it's actually going to happen, but he wrote a story imagining what would happen if it did.
AUSTIN, Texas — Americans woke up in a state of complete shock on Friday morning, as Texas stunned the world by voting to leave the United States.
"I fought this campaign in the only way I know how, which is to say directly and passionately what I think and feel," Gov. Greg Abbott, the referendum’s leading opponent, said in a tearful resignation speech.
"But the Texan people have made a very clear decision to take a different path, and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction."
In some sense, this vote has been a long time coming. Texas has long maintained a separate identity from the rest of the United States, celebrating its past as an independent country with its own traditions and history. Despite being America’s second-largest economy, Texas remained culturally distinct from the rest of the Union.
Brexit sent the Hillary Clinton campaign into 'full freak-out'
Unless you're a dual citizen, you can't vote for Britain to leave the E.U. and vote for Trump. So there isn't much overlap between the electorates.
But the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune thinks the result of Thursday's referendum in the U.K. could foreshadow the result of November's election in the U.S.:
If you're a supporter of Donald Trump, Friday's brilliant sunrise over Chicago raised your prospects for a bright Nov. 8 as well. British citizens' rebellion against the European Union is one more vindication of Trump's campaign calculus on this side of the pond: Millions of voters in Western countries are furious about unchecked immigration, overweening government regulation and slow jobs growth after a recession that ended seven years ago this month. ...
We'd wager that, as we type these paragraphs, Hillary Clinton's game-planners are in full freak-out. The British vote doesn't repudiate her; she wasn't on Thursday's ballot. But she'll soon be on one here. And to many Americans, she represents just the sort of central-control, heavy-handed, know-it-all ethos that the European Union represents.
Actually, there's no need to freak out. Brexit doesn't help Trump.
Matthew Cooper at Newsweek lists four reasons why the Brexit vote doesn't mean Trump is more likely to win, after all. Here's a summary:
First, while Britain voted for an action, a concept—let’s leave Europe—America is electing a president, a commander in chief. That means Trump will be judged for all of his individual strengths and flaws. ...
Second, Britain held a straight majority vote. In the U.S., there’s the Electoral College, which is a tougher hurdle for Trump. ...
Third, America is more diverse than the U.K. ...
Finally, the other problem for Trump is that Britain went first, and the results don’t look great. Markets plummeted on Friday following the Leave vote. Even if they stabilize, Britain looks ready for a very rocky six months as the Leave campaign basks in its “independence” while, ironically, the U.K. begs the EU for good trade terms. The Leave campaign may seem sobering to Americans — and other Europeans — in the months ahead.
Brexit gives Trump 'foreign policy credibility'
Trump supported the United Kingdom's departure from the E.U. Hillary Clinton and President Obama did not. Trump got his desired outcome. Clinton and Obama did not.
According to Breitbart's Joel Pollak, Trump will now be more respected on foreign policy.
Only Donald Trump had backed the campaign to leave. Republican strategists had panned Trump’s decision to travel to the UK in the midst of campaign turmoil, and in the wake of his blistering attack on Hillary Clinton earlier this week.
Now, however, it looks like a risk that paid off handsomely, in the currency of foreign policy credibility.
Brexit shows that Lindsay Lohan is more politically sophisticated than Trump
Mic's Anna Swartz isn't quite ready to back Lohan for president — or prime minister, since she lives in London now — but she does credit the actress with "Brexit thoughts [that] are more nuanced than those of Donald Trump."
Twenty-eight-year-old expat Lohan, who moved to London in 2012, sounded off on the Brexit vote on Twitter on Thursday in a string of since-deleted Tweets, many of which had the hashtag #REMAIN, in which she implored the British public to vote to stay in the EU and invoked the name of Margaret Thatcher.
She began by urging the people of Sunderland to vote "Remain" and then, getting very upset when results showed that they didn't. But the Shetland Islands did, earning LiLo's love and affection.
At the very least, it's clear that Lohan felt very passionately about the Brexit and its effect on her adopted homeland. Which is more than we can say for Donald Trump, whose tweets betrayed his dire misunderstanding of the situation.