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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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