The dawn of a new era? The Nationalist era?
Netherlands woke up to surprising results of elections for the Dutch provincial council with Thierry Baudet’s Forum for Democracy (FvD) emerging as the strongest party.
The conservative party earned twelve seats, as much as the liberal VVD party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
In absolute terms, the majority of votes went to the FvD by a count of 14.4 percent versus 13.8 percent for VVD.
The Christian Democrats and GroenLinks (GreenLeft) each earned nine seats while Geert Wilder’s Party for Freedom (PVV) lost almost half of its voters in comparison to 2015 and only received six instead of nine seats.
In his victory speech after the midnight result, 36 year old Baudet lauded the party’s victory and promised his jubilant supporters that he would act against the “arrogance of power”:
“We are going to start a renaissance in which our self-confidence is restored, in which we can live safely in a trusted environment, in which the democratic state is repaired and economic and cultural dynamism can return.”
Baudet’s party strongly opposes mass migration and legislation on climate change and has called for a referendum on the country’s European Union membership. In his speech he criticized the government:
“They believe in nothing, but only worship one idol: climate change.”
“We are being destroyed by the people who should be protecting us,” said Baudet in his speech. He also stressed that the government should be concerned about preserving Dutch civilization, its art, music and prosperity.
“The arrogance and stupidity of power was punished today.”
Before the vote, public broadcasters and mainstream media openly campaigned against Baudet. Leftists bombarded social media and declared “Hatred has triumphed.”
The day before the election a cartoon with Baudet on a coffin appeared in a newspaper while national television cursed the forum’s potential voters as “people who hate blacks”.
However, their sentiments failed to dampen the popularity of Baudet who has built a traditional elitist image and underlined a Dutch-first cultural and economic agenda during his campaign.