In 2013, Pete Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Michigan, told a group that the “Islamic movement” was destroying Europe, by burning up cars and politicians. Hoekstra even said, “Yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.” Such disgusting comments would have rightfully caused the abomination from most presidents, Donald Trump however, awarded Hoekstra with a plum ambassadorship to the Netherlands.
Most presidents would consider comments like that to be a huge, flashing neon sign saying “Do not give this man a job of diplomacy”. After all, Hoekstra’s comment from 2013, demonstrates his ignorance as well as his racism. Most people in the world hold their faith closer to their hearts than anything else. When someone so easily singles out a religion and compares it to some reckless criminal movement, you’d assume that diplomacy is not one of their virtues. I don’t want a person like that in a foreign country representing me.
On second thought though, I could see a comment like that earning our president’s respect. After all, Trump has waged a bitter war with Islam as well. Although domestic terrorism is infinitesimally more damaging to our country than foreign, Trump pushed to remove all domestic terrorism groups, like skinheads and white supremacists, from the FBI terror list. Why would a president remove threats from the spotlights? Such a move clearly poses a risk for you and your child. Ironically, those same threats are his biggest supporters. Remember when Trump called the group of white supremacists that had killed a protester, “good people”? After a disastrous year of diplomacy, those domestic hate groups are the only people who still approve of him.
The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.
Just in the past two years, authorities blamed radical and violent ideologies as the motives for a white supremacist’s shooting rampage inside a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina and Islamist militants for shootings and bombings in California, Florida and New York. Occupy Democrats link
Did you know that Islam is the second most popular religion, behind Christianity? According to Pew Research, by 2070, Islam will become the most popular religion in the world. Isn’t it disgusting that a congressman compares what will soon be the world’s biggest religion, to a lawless group of renegades lighting fires in the streets.
What makes it even more disgusting, is that President Trump’s similar denouncement of Islam illustrates why Hoekstra, Donald Trump, and all these anti-Islam republicans say these things in the first place. Hatred sells in the republican party. Just listen to any of their speeches. All they talk about is keeping ethnic groups out of our country, or detaining a religion group in detention facilities.
Just a few days ago, Donald Trump called Haiti and other African countries “shitholes”. As shocking as that might, be it was humiliating for an American to watch as other American politicians actually defended the president’s comment.
It is so much easier to gain support through hatred than love. Getting a group of people to respect each other, and to work together to produce a thriving economy is challenging. However, pitting them against each other is much easier.
Sorry for that tirade. Let’s get back to America’s new ambassador to the Netherlands. So last month, when Hoekstra started his new job, the Dutch press wanted to find out what exactly he meant by that comment from a few years ago. They asked for a clarification about his hateful speech, but he denied it and called the quote ‘fake news’. Republicans love calling shit ‘fake news’. However, it doesn’t work too well, if the entire speech is caught on camera, like Hoekstras’ was.
The Dutch press never let it go.
“Everybody there had one question: That crazy statement you made, are you going to withdraw it,” Dutch political reporter Roel Geeraedts told the Washington Post. “We were not getting answers so we all kept asking it.” The remarkable back-and-forth was captured on video.
Today Dutch press welcomed @petehoekstra as new ambassador to the Netherlands. In 2015 Hoekstra said Dutch"politicians are being burned" (not true). The only one who did get burned today is… Hoekstra himself. By refusing to answer our questions. pic.twitter.com/Dv2aalbhDP
— Roel Geeraedts (@RGjournalist) January 10, 2018
Finally, Hoekstra admitted that he made those disgusting comments.
“That was a wrong statement. That was just wrong. [It was] clearly an inaccurate statement,” Hoekstra said. “That one shocked me personally… because while you know there have been other issues in other countries in Europe, you know that has never been the circumstances here.” ThinkProgress
If I was his supporter, that comment would be quite enlightening. If I was his supporter, and he so easily reverses something he said, that I agreed with, I would assume he just said that to get my vote. In fact, that comment reiterates my earlier point, how republicans need to smear this hatred in order to get elected. You would assume, for an elected politician to actually denounce the second most popular religion in the world, the hatred must be passionate and intense. You would assume an elected official won’t ridicule someone’s faith, unless their convictions are iron. But then to change his mind that quickly, and call his comment “inaccurate”?!
At the end of all of my articles, I find it hard to believe that the President of the United States, continues to fumble so atrociously in all of his diplomatic decisions. It isn’t that he made a bad decision, all of his decisions turn out to be detrimental for America. Like Hoekstra, for example. The purpose of diplomatic relations, is for our ambassador to maintain good relationships with foreign countries. But to select someone like Hoekstra to be the ambassador to the Netherlands, after he said such belittling and disgusting things about the Netherlands, makes me think that maybe this was Trump’s ultimate plan.
As if he is doing everything possible to diminish America’s global presence. I’m sure Putin is down with that.