In the Netherlands, The Party for Freedom (PVV), led by Geert Wilders, is currently well-ahead in the polls for the general election to be held on March 15. PVV is currently polling at 32%, with the next closest party, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) at 23%.
The populist, anti-Islam Wilders is an unabashed fan of Donald Trump. His latest campaign ad uses both the Brexit vote and Trump's election win as inspiration:
The Brits have done it!
The Americans have done it!
And we, we, will do it as well!You can watch the ad at Vlad Tepes. One of its contributors did the subtitling.
I found the ad inspiring. It made me want to be Dutch and live in a house along a frozen canal.
Preferably after Wilders is Prime Minister.
Unfortunately, I may have to wait longer than five weeks. Though the PVV is ahead, it won't get an absolute majority. Most likely, a coalition government will be formed without Wilders.
It might be surprising to some that the PVV isn't farther ahead. Polls suggest that large majorities or pluralities in most Western European country support a ban on immigration from Muslim countries, and the PVV is the only major party in the Netherlands that features this in their platform.
Whatever happens, it looks like the PVV will far exceed its performance in the 2012 election, where it came in third with only 10% of the vote. And the party will do it in part by appealing to the example set by candidate Trump.
That's a beautiful thing.