The Trump Effect in Action: Dutch Defeat Their Authoritarian Racist Nationalist

The Dutch have provided an example to American voters who will get another chance to say no to their authoritarian racist nationalist in the Midterms

By Hrafnkell Haraldsson on Thu, Mar 16th, 2017 at 8:00 am


It was a good day for Europe. Standing up to Turkish threats from without and ultra-nationalist threats from within, the Dutch people stood strong and voted “no” to Steve King’s hero Geert Wilders.

One Dutch observer tweeted the news as “Wilders’ Far-right populism ends here. Holland holds the line!”

News which left John Fugelsang to quip,

“Man, I hate it when the Dutch are less authoritarian racist than my country.”

Me too, brother. Me too. Of course, the Dutch had 82 percent turnout, voting in record numbers, to our 58 percent, so there is that.

As Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert remarked,


so is this the Trump Effect? i.e. Europe looks at US shit show today and says, no thanks. …

Good call. Trump says he’s the greatest president ever and claims that after just two months of repeated golf trips, all of America’s problems he talked about on the campaign trail have gone away. Even Jesus didn’t do that.