A Dutch journalist confronted former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, now the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, about his false claim in 2015 that Muslims have made some parts of the Netherlands inaccessible, where cars and even politicians are “being burned.”
Questioned on camera by reporter Wouter Zwart, a correspondent for the news program Nieuwsuur, about the existence of “no-go zones,” Hoekstra denied having made the statements, calling it “fake news.”
“At one point, you mentioned in a debate that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands, and that cars and politicians are being set on fire,” Zwart says in a video of the interview.”
“Hoekstra responded: “I didn’t say that. That is actually an incorrect statement. Yeah, we would call it ‘fake news.’ I never said that.”
The video interview then cuts to footage of Hoekstra’s remarks a 2015 conference in Charleston, South Carolina, hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
After showing Hoekstra the footage of his 2015 remarks, Zwart tried again for an explanation.
“You call it fake news. Obviously –” the reporter said.
Hoekstra interjected: “I didn’t call that fake news. I didn’t use the words today.”
“No?” Zwart said.
“I don’t think I did,” Hoekstra replied.