Donald Trump predicted on Monday that the election results would be “Brexit plus, plus, plus,” a favorite talking point as he has argued that he would prove pollsters and pundits wrong.
Brexit, of course, was the nickname given to the British referendum in June over whether to leave the European Union. Polls were tight ahead of the vote for Brexit – or British exit – and though several predicted the outcome, betting markets downplayed them, as did pundits. So when a slight majority of Brits voted to leave the EU, a narrative developed that the result was unexpected, and Trump has built on that.
Trump dubbed himself “Mr. Brexit” and campaigned alongside Nigel Farage, the former leader of Britain's Independence Party and a chief promoter of Brexit. In August, Trump predicted that the movement that would propel him into the White House was motivated by the same concerns that drove Brits to leave the EU.