While Europe’s socialist leaders predictably denounced President Trump’s recent temporary ban on new refugees from a list of countries, rising populist leaders praised him as a model for what Europe should be doing.
Breitbart Dutch populist Geert Wilders said in a tweet: “Well done @POTUS it’s the only way to stay safe + free. I would do the same. Hope you’ll add more Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia soon.”
Wilders, whose Party for Freedom is polling strongly before the country’s March 15 election, later tweeted: “No more immigration from any Islamic country is exactly what we need. Also in The Netherlands. For Islam and freedom are incompatible.”
Wilders also noted what he called the “#hypocrisy” of leftist critics of the ban, noting that in 16 Muslim-dominated countries, a person may not enter the country on an Israeli passport and yet no one on the Left protested.
The leader of Italy’s Northern League, Roberto Maroni, simply tweeted a photo of the news of the ban in the Italian press, along with his summation of the situation: “Super Trump,” while calling the U.S. President “Numero Uno” (Number One) in a separate tweet on the same topic.
Super Trump pic.twitter.com/A6nv2BucPR
— Roberto Maroni (@RobertoMaroni_) January 29, 2017
Matteo Salvini, General Secretary of the same party and a long-time Trump supporter, tweeted in English, citing Trump’s move as a good idea for Europe.
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) January 29, 2017
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front Party and current favorite in an upcoming presidential election, said that what really annoys the media and politicians is that Trump honors his campaign promises and implements his program.
Trump paves way for Marine Le Pen: Poll puts anti-EU leader in FRONT for French President https://t.co/tCjXEdvCbO
— Dawn Henson (@DDawn0) January 22, 2017
The Alternative for Germany (ADF) has been solidly in the Donald Trump line of thinking since its inception.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Party in Germany, which has been extremely critical of Prime Minister Angela Merkel’s open-door policy toward migration, lauded the measure. “The apostles of multiculturalism weep bitterly because U.S. President Donald Trump heavily restricts the entry of pseudo-refugees and Muslims into the USA,” they said on their Facebook page. “For the first time ever one can say from a nationalist perspective: keep going, USA,” the party added.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and “wake up” in 2017, at a meeting of right wing leaders aiming to oust established parties in elections this year.
One day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the United States’ 45th president, Le Pen said his speech included “accents in common” with the message on reclaiming national sovereignty. “2016 was the year the Anglo-Saxon world woke up. I am sure 2017 will be the year the people of continental Europe wake up,” she said to loud applause.
Globalization and immigration have shifted the job market and demographics in the West. Many people, even in a country built by immigrants such as the United States, draw a connection between crime and mass Muslim immigration. The French banner below reads “No migrants in our villages.”