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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:22 PM

After drubbing by media, Trumps ambassador to the Netherlands apologizes for anti-Muslim remarks

Source: Washington Post

Embattled U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra apologized Friday for making unsubstantiated anti-Muslim claims at a conference in 2015, comments that have clouded his early days in his post after reporters confronted him about them.

Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Michigan and recent political appointee, made the apology during an interview Friday with De Telegraaf, one of the largest Dutch newspapers, at the end of a particularly rough week for the new ambassador.

“Looking back, I am shocked I said that,” he told the newspaper Friday. “It was a wrong statement. It was wrong.”

Hoekstra made the remarks in question in 2015 during a conference on terrorism. He talked about the supposed “chaos” brought to Europe by immigrants from Islamic countries and repeated a baseless nostrum about so-called “no-go zones” that is popular in right-wing media.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/01/12/after-drubbing-by-the-press-trumps-netherlands-ambassador-apologizes-for-anti-muslim-remarks/

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brooklynite Friday OP
groundloop Friday #1
TeamPooka Friday #2
Paladin Friday #3
mahannah Friday #4
longship Friday #5
Gothmog Friday #6
Mr. Ected Friday #7

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:27 PM

1. Naturally it's purely coincidence that he waited 'til now to apologize for racist remarks

This couldn't have anything at all to do with seeing the backlash (AT LONG LAST) against 45*s racist bullshit could it?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:28 PM

2. Note to the Netherlands from the USA: None of the rest of us are shocked he said it. He's an asshole

Please feel free to be mean to him for the rest of his term as your ambassador.
Signed,
America

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:54 PM

3. Well put. (nt)

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 06:03 PM

4. Apology is not enough. Quit.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 06:10 PM

5. That fucker was born in The Netherlands!!!!!

And he was my Representative in Congress!!!

Calvinist Douche bag!!!! Just like the rest of the west Michigan GOP Christian wackos!

Witness, Betsy Wetsy DeVos! Graduate of Calvin Fucking College!!!

They really piss me off!

Fuck the Dutch Reformed Church!!!!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 06:24 PM

6. The timing of this apology is amusing

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 07:11 PM

7. These were mere words. He didn't mean a word he said.

Easier for him to simply apologize. He would never escape the Dutch press if he hadn't have apologized.

This man's heart is dark. We do a disservice to our allies by installing a demon in their country.

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