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

Trevor Jackson
December 23, 2017

A newly sworn-in United States 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.

Hoekstra demonstrated some impressive memory loss-both long-term and incredibly short-term-during an embarrassing interview with Dutch news program Nieuwsuur, the Guardian reports. "I didn't call that fake news", he tells Zwart.

Hoekstra will take up his position in January. The incident is a freakish quagmire of denials and accusations.

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". 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". "Chaos in the Netherlands, where there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned".

The clip shows him saying: "The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos".

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"No?" the reporter says, stunned, and actually turns his head, presumably to his producer, wondering what to do with Hoekstra, who is clearly lying. 'I didn't say that. "That's actually an incorrect statement", Hoekstra replied. "Yeah, we would call that 'fake news.' I never said that".

"I don't think I did", Hoekstra continues.

Pete Hoekstra became the US Ambassador to the Netherlands last week and has already come a cropper when interviewed by Dutch media about comments he made regarding Islam.

No-go zones are a perennial bogeyman for the right. 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. "I didn't use those words today..."

Hoekstra, who was born in the Dutch city of Groningen, served as Trump's campaign manager in MI, and previously served as chair of the House intelligence committee.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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