Dutch media is widely reporting on remarks by Donald Trump expressing support for Dutch farmers protesting proposed environmental regulations they believe will adversely impact their livelihoods. According to a Dutchreview report:
In a two-hour speech, Trump expressed his support for Dutch farmers and particularly appreciated their resistance to the climate crisis. Classic. The ex-American president presented his thoughts to a crowd of young conservatives in Tampa, Florida. This is what he had to say: “At the moment, Dutch farmers are bravely resisting the climate tyranny of the Dutch government, which wants to cut their production rigorously despite increasing food shortages.” When referencing the Dutch farmers again, he pointed out their “peaceful” protests. Who’s going to tell him about the minister’s house riot and the ambulance roadblocks? While you may be thinking: “Why does Trump even care about the Dutch farmers?” they’re actually the perfect demographic to reference for his (mainly) rural American audience. Marieke de Vries — correspondent for the NOS — explains that Trump is using the Dutch farmer situation to gain the sentiment of rural Americans, who also fear that they’ll have to change lifestyles too due to the climate crisis. Starting to see the pattern here? As Trump praises the farmers for their rejection of the nitrogen policies and incites rebellion against the “climate fanatics”, he’s simply playing the political game.
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Another Dutch report by Algemeen Dagblad (AD) cites an analyst who believes that Trump’s remarks are congruent with conspiracy theories about a deliberately created food crisis to control the world’s population, an idea amplified by Fox News star Tucker Carlson:
Trump repeated in his speech what has been around among conspiracy theorists for some time, notes Katherine Keneally, who monitors American extremists on behalf of the International Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Online groups that have been working for months on a conspiracy theory about a deliberately created food crisis to control the world’s population with hunger, are now talking a lot about Dutch farmers. “Trump is saying what a large part of his supporters want to hear,” Keneally thinks. “Anti-government extremists and conspiracy theorists share the Dutch protests to support their own story. They use a lot of fear-mongering: the government does this not because of nature, but to control the population. They say: the Dutch are ruled by the new world order and it is the TURN of the US.” That’s what right-wing TV commentator and one of Trump’s most prominent allies Tucker Carlson suggested on Fox News, in one of America’s most-watched current affairs programs: that Dutch wildlife policy is a harbinger of what Americans would face, “if we allow it.”
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has already reported extensively on Tucker Carlson’s ongoing amplification of Russian talking points on Ukraine.
The AD report also notes that far-right Dutch politician Thierry Baudet, founder of the Forum for Democracy political party, is also helping to spread another prominent conspiracy theory known as the “Great Reset,” which alleges an international plot to weaken national sovereignty. In an interview with the far-right Epoch Times, Baudet claimed:
“How is it possible that in an age where everybody’s talking about the possibility of food shortages, of insecure supply chains, the Dutch government is pursuing this policy which will lead to even more dependence on international supply chains and, thus, uncertainty for the Dutch people?” Baudet said on July 8. “The answer is the people governing this country are following the script written by the EU, to realize what they call a Great Reset. They want to make us more dependent on international supply chains. They want to weaken Dutch sovereignty and autonomy.
The AD report also says that the same theory was outlined by Former Forum for Democracy member Eva Vlaardingerbroek on a Tucker Carlson episode. Baudet was identified in a GIOR report on the National Conservatism Alliance.
The AD also reports that “admiring tweets” for the Dutch farmers’ protest have come from Jack Posobiec, an individual covered extensively in another recent GIOR report on US amplifiers of Russian propaganda.