Fri Dec 22nd, 2017 at 10:41:55 PM EST
Martin you beat me to it.
Of course his appointment was announced many months ago. His alt-right extremist statements were scrutinized at the time.
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Dutch colony in Michigan ... Pete is most likely Dutch Reformed ... the religion of the Dutch slave trade and Apartheid in South Africa.
○ Afrikaner Nationalism and the Boer Wars
Hoekstra already adores the country of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders. Wilders has not participated in any coalition talks to form a new cabinet. Wilders is well represented in Dutch parliament, however he is in a downward trend in the polls. A new generation of the alt-right is pushing forward, easily compared to the German AfD party which has made some gains in recent elections.
○ PVV party candidate Géza Hegedüs, trashed within 24 hours due to extremist views
Awful Dutch representation in Republican spheres: Pete Hoekstra - De Vos - Erik Prince
More below the fold ...
California Nonprofit May Have Violated Tax Law By Donating to Anti-Muslim, Far-Right Dutch Candidate | The Intercept |
The David Horowitz Freedom Center , a controversial California-based nonprofit that sponsors virulently anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant campaigns in the U.S., has quietly played a prominent role in financing Dutch far-right nationalist Geert Wilders’s People’s Party for Freedom (PVV). The PVV’s platform calls for an end to Muslim immigration and the closing down of mosques and Islamic schools in the Netherlands — and polls suggest it may win the largest number of seats in the Netherland’s parliamentary elections this month.
By providing grants to the PVV, the Freedom Center, which operates as aa 501(c)3 nonprofit, may have violated IRS tax rules that prohibit tax-exempt charitable groups from funding overt political campaign activity.
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Former IRS tax officials who spoke to The Intercept also note that the Freedom Center failed to disclose the grants to Wilders’s political party in its annual tax return, another potential violation of the law. Nonprofit groups’ tax returns are public documents.
Records posted by the Dutch interior ministry show that in 2014 and 2015 the Freedom Center provided multiple donations totaling 126,354 euros — approximately $134,000 — to the “Stichting Vrienden van de PVV,” or the Friends of the PVV Foundation, the fundraising arm of the party.
Yes indeed, American "collusion" in Dutch democracy. Fortunately Holland was liberated by Canadian, Polish and Russian fighters in May 1945. ;-)