Trump's Ambassador to the Netherlands caught lying about his own conspiracy claims

Kristopher Drake
December 23, 2017

Dutch reporter Wouter Zwart confronted Ambassador Pete Hoekstra, saying, "At one point you mentioned in a debate there are no-go zones in the Netherlands, and that cars and politicians are being set on fire".

Dutch TV news programme Nieuwsuur asked Dutch-American politician Pete Hoekstra about his previous words on the radical Islam threat to Europe, just 10 days after he was sworn in as United States ambassador to the Netherlands. "Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt. and, yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands".

Hoekstra was confirmed as the ambassador to the Netherlands prior this month.

Hoekstra again replied: "No, it's not what I said".

Parroting a phrase popularized by the likes of Trump and the recently defeated Alabama Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore, Hoekstra rejects the assertion by labeling it "fake news".


Hoekstra is then shown clips of him speaking at a 2015 panel discussion titled "Muslim Migration into Europe", in Charleston, South Carolina. Zwart told CNN he did not play video of the remarks for Hoekstra, saying he "can't imagine he did not know of its existence", because it was widely available online.

"You called it 'fake news, '" the reporter pointed out. "I don't think I did", Hoekstra said.

"That is actually an incorrect statement", Hoekstra insists, "yeah - we would call it fake news", he adds, literally shrugging it off. Yeah, we would call it fake news.

The journalist then apparently shows Hoekstra a clip of him saying the very thing he'd just denied ever saying. "Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt ... and yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands". And yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands. "I didn't use those words today..." Hoekstra co-sponsored nine anti-LGBTQ bills while in office, according to The Washington Post and has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and abortion-perspectives that stand in contrast to the Netherlands, where gay marriage and abortion are both legal.

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