CLEVELAND — Traveling with the permanent security detail provided by the Dutch government because of threats due to his stance on Islamic immigration, Dutch politician Geert Wilders showed up at the Republican Convention advocating the election of Donald Trump.
“Mr. Trump is a politician, whether the Europeans like him or not, who has one interest, and that is the interest of the American people,” Wilders said in an interview at Quicken Loans Arena.
Europe is notably lacking such leaders, said Wilders, who wears a bullet-proof vest, lives in a safe house and is escorted to his office at The Hague in an armored vehicle each work day.
“We have hundreds of Obamas in the European Union and, in a political way, we have to get rid of them,” he said.
Wilders said Trump is “fighting for his own people, and that is what we are lacking in Europe, when it comes to trade, when it comes to immigration, when it comes to jobs, when it comes to so many issues.”
Europe, he said, suffers from the “disease of cultural relativism” which has led to an open-border policy that makes “no demands for assimilation for people who come to our societies.”
Wilders, who distances himself from European anti-immigration extremists such as Marine Le Pen of France and Joerg Haider of Austria, insists he does not hate Muslims but is convinced that Islam itself is the problem. He concludes that since the Netherlands has banned Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” it also should ban the Quran, because it’s the source of an ongoing, 14-century effort to bring the entire world under the rule of Islamic law. The “Islamization” of Europe, he contends, is threatening Judeo-Christian culture, which he maintains, to the consternation of a multicultural establishment, is superior to the culture of Islamic nations.
Target of ISIS attack
Wilders recalled to WND that he was in Garland, Texas, in May 2015 when two Muslim men were killed by police as they tried to carry out an attack at a Muhammad art exhibit and contest, regarded as the first attack on U.S. soil in which ISIS claimed responsibility.
Before the Garland event, three U.S. congressmen – two of them Muslim – asked Secretary of State John Kerry and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to reject Wilders’ visa, charging alleged ongoing “participation in inciting anti-Muslim aggression and violence.”
“I will never forget more than a year ago in Garland,” he told WND. “Just after I spoke and I left, there was an ISIS attack. Unfortunately, as I predicted, it was not the last one. We saw so many more afterwards, from San Bernardino to Orlando.”
He said attacks of this kind in Europe occur regularly now, he said, citing just this week the stabbing of an 8-year-old girl in France because her shorts were too short and an ax attack on a train in Germany.
“We almost see it on a daily basis the results of the mass immigration without having any demands of assimilation to the people that are coming,” Wilders said.
“That is a recipe for self-destruction.
“The people are fed up with it, and the people won’t accept it anymore in the United States. Look at the popularity for Trump.”
And in Europe, he pointed to the popularity of own party and others.
“People want real representation. We don’t want anymore political correctness, but want the problems to be addressed,” he said. And it can be done and it should be done and it will be done.”
He noted France’s chief of intelligence — who is not a politician — said just before the truck attack in Nice that killed 84 people that France is very close to a civil war.
“If you want to prevent [civil war], you need demographic changes, you need to redefine your democracy and choose other leaders than we have today,” Wilders said.
Wilders has been under constant security protection since November 2004, when two North African Muslims were accused of planning to murder him and another outspoken critic of Islam in the parliament, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The attack at the Hague came shortly after the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Moroccan national.
He was banned from the U.K. as an “undesirable person” under Prime Minister Gordon Brown in February 2009, two days before he was scheduled to show his short film “Fitna” at the invitation of two members of the House of Lords. Wilders appealed the ban to Britain’s Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, which overturned it in October 2009.
Wilders writings and film “Fitna” warning of the “Islamization” of the Netherlands and Europe prompted Turkish, Moroccan and Antillean organizations in the country to bring charges against him of criminally insulting religious and ethnic groups and inciting hatred and discrimination.
In June 2011, he was acquitted of all charges. Judge Marcel van Oosten called Wilders’ statements about Islam “gross and denigrating” but ruled they didn’t constitute hatred against Muslims and, therefore, were “acceptable within the context of public debate.”