When you’re an apprentice underneath the dark GOP lords, the first lesson you learn is that you answer with lies. The second lesson you learn is when you’re caught in a lie; you lie some more. That’s when you get your honorary shovel to dig yourself further into a hole because the entire point is to keep lying.
At least, that’s what it seems like has become the trend in the Trump administration. It’s not just Trump who is notorious for lying, being caught in a lie, and then claiming he never told the lie to begin with. With such a guy in office, you can only expect him to surround himself with people who practice the same behavior. Being able to lie boldly is basically a prerequisite for any job in the Trump administration.
Pete Hoekstra, the ambassador to the Netherlands, is probably the best example of an employee emulating their boss.
Hoekstra’s issue began back in 2015 when he made racist statements at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He said:
‘The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned.
‘And yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.’
Fast forward to 2017. Thanks to technology we have this amazing ability to capture moments in time that we can replay when our memories fail us. It’s called video, and Hoekstra’s comments came back to bite him hard. When asked by a journalist where the no-go zones were, Hoekstra claimed he never made those comments. He used the Trumpian term “fake news.”
‘I didn’t say that. That is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news. I never said that. ‘
The journalist proceeded to show Hoekstra the clip. Obviously caught in a lie, Hoekstra claimed he never said the words “fake news,” which he had said only minutes before.
‘I didn’t call that fake news. I didn’t use the words today. I don’t think I did.’
Did he have a stroke or something? Strokes can cause short-term memory loss. We hope he got that checked out.
It was an embarrassing moment that the media, especially in the Netherlands, enjoyed. In true Trumpian fashion, however, he did not learn anything from the experience, and he was caught lying again on Wednesday.
At a press conference, reporters held his feet to the fire, and he was asked about the incident again. They asked for a specific example of politicians being burned in the Netherlands. Mind you, if politicians were being burned in the Netherlands, we would most likely have heard about it by now.
He looked dumbfounded and basically didn’t answer the question as reporters continued to press him on the issue.
Hoekstra previously served in the House of Representatives for over 10 years and at one point chaired the House Intelligence Committee.
During his 2012 Senate bid, he ran an extremely racist campaign ad against his rival. He lost.
As the Ambassador to the Netherlands, he represents the exact opposite of what the Netherlands represents, which could be considered a very liberal country.
Featured image screenshot via YouTube.