Michigan Republicans, Pete Hoekstra — January 12, 2018 at 7:01 am

Pete Hoekstra continues to embarrass his state and his country as Netherlands media shames him

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Following on the heels of an encounter with a reporter in the Netherlands where he gaslighted the reporter twice in the span of a couple of minutes, former Michigan legislator Pete Hoekstra held a press conference and things went decidedly “not well”. Hoeksta, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, confronted this time not by just one reporter but multiple reporters, was once again asked about comments he made in the past about radical Islamic terrorists burning politicians in the Netherlands as well as the presence of so-called “no-go zones”. Since no politician in their country has been burned by terrorists and no-go zones do not exist there, a reporter asked Hoekstra if he could now admit he had lied. Hoekstra said he had issued a statement apologizing and then refused to answer the question, despite being asked multiple times.

Unfortunately for Hoekstra, the reporters in the Netherlands aren’t as forgiving as the ones he has encountered in the USA. “Excuse me, I asked you a question,” the first reporter said. “Mr. Ambassador, can you mention any example of a Dutch politician who was burned in recent years?” another asked. “This is the Netherlands — you have to answer questions,” another told him. All told, Hoekstra was asked the question five times and refused to answer it even once:

In fact, Hoekstra did NOT apologize for the comments regarding the burning of politicians and no-go zones in the Netherlands. Rather, he apologized for “the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview”:

Pete Hoekstra embarrassed himself in Michigan as a candidate for U.S. Senate where Debbie Stabenow mopped the floor with his failed campaign. Now, in true Trumpian fashion, Hoekstra has taken his gig international and is now embarrassing the entire country as an ambassador.

Perhaps its time for Michiganders to investigate the possibility of a formal process for disowning a politician from their state.

Oh, one more thing: the guys from Pod Save America podcast are in Europe and had a little fun with this:

  • judyms9

    The Europeans are taking a hard look at what the US is becoming and may be taking some comfort in not having followed some of their earlier countrymen here. Hoekstra is emblematic as well as symptomatic of our current state, but I don’t associate him as much with Michigan as I do with the Trump administration.

  • gregsullmich

    I wish he would do Debbie Stabenow a favor by returning to Michigan to run for the Senate.

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