Nativism Watch

Geert Wilders in Washington: ‘The less Islam, the better’


Imagine2050 Staff • Apr 30, 2015
Far-right Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders speaks in Washington.

via Geert Wilders’ Twitter account

Far-Right Dutch politician and anti-Muslim activist Geert Wilders began his stateside jaunt yesterday in the nation’s capital where he spoke to the Conservative Opportunity Society at the invitation of nativist Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

Read: Far-Right leader Geert Wilders to tour U.S. at invitation of Congressmen, anti-Muslim figures

According to a copy of his remarks posted to his official website, Wilders reportedly told those in attendance that “[o]ur western civilization based on Christianity and Judaism is under attack. The whole free Western world is under attack.” Later, Wilders added, “We have a huge problem with Islam in the West today “and that “we have to stop mass immigration to the West from Islamic countries.”

Later in the day, Wilders addressed another group of elected officials in the Capitol building. He posted several photos from his speech to his official Twitter page with the caption, “Another speech and discussion in US congress with US Congressmen. My message: the less islam [sic] the better!”

Today, King and Wilders will hold a press conference on the Capitol lawn. And Wilders is sure to echo is alarmist and bigoted warnings of what a larger Muslim community in America will bring. This Sunday, Wilders will also be the keynote speaker at the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s “Draw the Prophet” event in Garland, Texas. Event organizers and noted anti-Muslim activists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer will also speak.

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