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Dutch Populists Score Big in Recent Elections

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Populism continues to roar across Europe as Dutch voters propelled populist party, Forum for Democracy (FvD), to victory in several provincial elections on March 21, 2019.

A deadly killing spree on March 19, 2019, where a 37-year old Turkish man, Gokmen Tanis, killed three people and injured another three may have given FvD an extra boost at the polls.

Nevertheless, FvD’s victory has positioned it as one of two largest political parties in the Dutch Senate. Their victory is no coincidence either as Dutch citizens have become increasingly frustrated with the EU’s mass migration policies.

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International analysis of recent Dutch elections asserts that the Utrecht shooting gave FvD “a surge of last-minute support” at the polls.

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Thierry Baudet, the Forum for Democracy Party leader, blamed the Dutch government’s lax immigration polices”. Baudet even stated a day before the elections took place that voting for political rivals People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) comes with a big risk:

 If people want more deadly shootings like the one in Utrecht, then they have to vote for the VVD.

Baudet and his party are riding a populist wave that has become a force in countries ranging from Spain all the way to Estonia. Baudet has placed emphasis on more military spending, tighter borders, relaxed income taxation, and potential withdrawal from the EU. The populist leader said that “the voters in the Netherlands have spread their wings and shown their true power” in the wake of his party’s success at the poll on Wednesday.

Baudet declares that his party has “been called to the front because we have to. Because the country needs us”. The populist FvD is now expected to take 12 seats in the upper house of the Dutch Parliaments, which matches Prime Minister Mark Rutter’s VVD party. FvD’s unexpected rise has caused VVD to lose its majority for the 75-seat Senate ahead of the rapidly approaching May elections.

Baudet claims that “We are standing in the rubble of what was once the most beautiful civilization in the world.”

The rise of Baudet is just another sign that Europe is waking up to the perils of open borders.

The No-Go Zones that have dotted France and the United Kingdom have now made their way to the Netherlands. An Amsterdam ombudsman has gone as far as to describe Amsterdam at night as a “lawless jungle”.

With these election results in, it looks like the Netherlands is the next country to embrace Europe’s increasingly powerful populist wave. It looks like populism is here to stay and the more the EU tries to maintain open borders, the stronger populism will become.

 

 

 

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Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther

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Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.

One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.

On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.

While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley

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Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”

However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.

The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed.  In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.

Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.

She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.

The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.

A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.

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