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Great insight into the person Thierry Baudet and the utter stupidity of the young generation on politics, history and building society ... this man, just like his mirror image, has no vision, policy and lives by the day on social media. The same can be said of Dutch media, no depth and covering the social media topics from gutter news to rightwing rhetoric. Spreading official propaganda of government without any effort to offer an objective perspective on the topic. When an "expert" is offered an interview, the choice are propagandists like Anne Applebaum, Carl Bildt, Eliot Higgins and Hubert Smeets in Window on Russia.

How Covid derailed the great hope of the Dutch far right | The Guardian - March 4, 2021 |

More leaked WhatsApp conversations followed, this time of Baudet himself allegedly making racist remarks. On live TV Baudet disclosed that he'd had a romantic entanglement with Eva Vlaardingerbroek (her opinion in Sweden), a young woman on his electoral list, who was engaged to a French associate of Marine Le Pen. The TV show then played an audio clip of Vlaardingerbroek speaking about her disappointment in Baudet's antics and what she claimed was "callous racism". Baudet looked briefly shaken and in a small voice said that he had to "readjust himself to this news".

The introspection didn't last long. Instead of backtracking, with the elections less than a fortnight away, Baudet has now gone into full Trump mode. His anti-lockdown, anti-vaxxer rhetoric has become more extreme, more conspiracy minded (anti-vaxxer), more anti-media, even suggesting that his followers use "creative" solutions to optimise proxy voting to the party's advantage.

Since last week he's even been donning a baseball cap.

Baudet will probably keep his current two seats in parliament, if he's lucky he might gain a couple. But he's no longer a contender.

Then again: like Trump, Baudet doesn't believe in the polls.

by Oui on Sat May 1st, 2021 at 05:01:18 AM EST
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Dutch Politics and Election Results

Crucifixion of Mark Rutte

Will Rutte's Falsehoods Catch Up With Him?

Dutch Gneral Election March 2021 - Results

Mark Rutte VVD - 22%
Geert Wilders PVV - 11%
Thierry Baudet FvD - 5% i.e. 8 seats
Split from party Baudet - Joost Eerdmans 2.4% i.e. 3 seats

Total rightwing 40% - 62 seats

The former centrist governing parties Christian Democrats CDA and Labour PvdA are nearly non-existent. Getting poor and negative coverage in the media. Solidarity is not a term influencing individuals in their daily plight of survival to earn a living.

by Oui on Sat May 1st, 2021 at 05:22:39 AM EST
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The weird thing is that Trump lost the election over here in racist America. Why model your campaign on his failed one?
by asdf on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 06:06:58 PM EST
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In The Netherlands there are more tha sufficient percentage of the electorate waiting to be served by idiots in Dutch parliament ... follow the money.

U.S. groups helped fund Dutch anti-Islam politician Wilders | Reuters - Sept. 2012 |

ME Forum of Daniel Pipes, CAMERA, David Horowitz Freedom Center ... Right Wing Funding

On Thierry Baudet ...

Dutch lawmakers demand answers after U.S. ambassador Hoekstra holds party for right-wing populists at embassy | WaPo - Sept. 2020 |

See my earlier diaries: key words Hoekstra - Geert Wilders - Fear Inc. - Thierry Baudet - Islamophobia - Israel lobby

by Oui on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 07:46:44 PM EST
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