Published: Sat, December 23, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

US Ambassador to Netherlands, Called Out on TV for Lying, Doubles Down

US Ambassador to Netherlands, Called Out on TV for Lying, Doubles Down

A Dutch reporter recently asked former Congressman and current Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra about some anti-Muslim comments he made during his long career of fanning the flames of bigotry and paranoia on the American right. The event was hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a group the Southern Poverty Law Center called "the premier financier of anti-Muslim voices and radical ideologies". In his remarks, the onetime lawmaker from MI referred to refugees as "invaders", said Muslim migrants are "the next wave of jihadists in Europe", and denounced the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading Muslim civil rights organization, as a "front organization for Hamas". "Chaos in the Netherlands - there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned, and yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands". There are cars being burned.

"At one point you mentioned in a debate that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are being set on fire", Zwart tells Hoekstra.

Footage of the 2015 address is available on Vimeo.

"And yes", he continues, "there are no-go zones in the Netherlands". Hoekstra categorically denied that he ever made those remarks.

Hoekstra replies: "I didn't say that. We would call it fake news", he said.

Mr Hoekstra: No, it's not what I said.

But here's the kicker: Hoekstra then denies his denial.

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A newly sworn-in U.S. ambassador has been called out on a 2015 statement, in which he claimed no-go areas were established by Muslim migrants in the Netherlands and that politicians had been burned. "I didn't use those words today..."

"No", Hoekstra responds. "I don't think I did." he adds, with a slight hint of self-doubt.

At that point, Zwart looked back at the camera, registering his own confusion.

The ambassador was born in Groningen but his family emigrated to the United States when he was three.

Hoekstra served from 1993 to 2011 as the rep for the 2nd congressional district.

President Donald Trump's new Ambassador to the Netherlands was confirmed just eleven days ago, but he's already off to a very bad start overseas, and he's not even there yet.

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