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Wilders endorses AfD

Reader comment on item: Why I Stand with Geert Wilders

Submitted by PezDispenser (Israel), Jan 24, 2017 at 12:14

Dr. Pipes,

Is it time to revisit your endorsement of Wilders? David P. Goldman and Caroline Glick raise serious concerns about AfD, and Wilders has endorsed the latter.



"I note with disgust that the Dutch nationalist politician Geert Wilders endorsed Germany's Alternative fuer Deutschland, a nest of unreconstructed Nazis masquerading as right-wing populists."


"Some of Hocke's party colleagues criticized his remarks. But reported criticisms did not relate to the substance of what he said. Rather his fellow AfD leaders criticized him for making statements that could scare German voters away."


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Daniel Pipes replies:

By "standing with" Wilders, I meant standing with him against the criminal charges that dogged him in 2010 (when I wrote that article) and also now.

It did not mean and does not mean that I endorse him to become prime minister, something that would be entirely inappropriate for me to do.

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