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THREAD: @thierrybaudet, a far-right nationalist, populist and someone with proto-fascist tendencies, won the Dutch regional elections yesterday, giving him significant power in the Dutch Senate. In this thread, I will show the proto-fascist rhetoric #Baudet has been spouting. 1/
I will put Baudet's talking points from last night's victory speech and some of his older quotes next to 'How Fascism Works' by @jasonintrator to show Baudet's proto-fascist ideas on a chapter-by-chapter basis. 2/
.@thierrybaudet started yesterday by openly celebrating Dutch colonial past (followed by applause). He has also repeatedly referred to (neo)classical architecture and music as the pinnacle of 'our' civilisations (a traditional fascist talking point) 3/
It all echoes chapter 1 of @jasonintrator's book, which refers to some kind of mythical, glorious past (which does not exist, or at least is stripped of all of its bad parts). See also @realdonaldtrump's 'Make America Great Again'. 4/
In his speech, @thierrybaudet then railed against the European Union, saying the Netherlands should get back its power. It's a common talking point in Europe these days, especially on the far-right (See: Hungary's Orban and Italy's Salvini). 5/
Baudet calls his party the 'Flagship of his Renassaince Fleet'. In 'How Fascism Works', @jasinintrator talks about these ideas extensively, how this type of propaganda is essential. 6/
Baudet went on: "We are being destroyed by people who should protect us: universities journalists, people who get art subsidies and design our buildings." He also vowed to cut the budget of the public broadcaster, all clear attacks on intellectualists and free press. 7/
.@thierrybaudet hates critical press, and on top of that he constantly goes on about how 'elites' in charge should be removed from power. "We are going to raise a new generation, and we will replace and beat the current leaders," Baudet said, which echoes Chapter 3 of the book 8/
.@thierrybaudet has repeatedly spouted the white supremacist 'replacement theory', also prominent in the manifesto of the Christchurch shooter. Yup, straight up white supremacy. As laid out in Chapter 4 of 'How Fascism Works', this is essential. 9/
Baudet also regularly talks about bullshit conspiracy theories like 'cultural-marxism', a veiled anti-semitic trope that was originally developed by the German far-right in the 1920's and 1930's. 10/
.@thierrybaudet has talked about 'demographical suicide' in Europe, referring to European migration policies, which would in turn destroy our current civilisation even further, according to him. 12/
He has also called Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, another (proto-)fascist in Europe, a "hero who really wants to stop mass migration". Orban had the exact same talking points as Baudet, including hating on 'leftist universities' and the 'leftist press'. 11/
This of course is Chapter 5 from 'How Fascism Works', which talks about how fascist leaders claim white civilisation/culture is the greatest thing and should be protected at all costs. 13/
#Baudet then talked about how politicians are pushing us to a green future, calling it 'climate-witchcraft'. "'We have to pay', our politicians say, reciting eco-priests'. He portrays Dutch citizens as victims of climate change policies (Chapter 6, 'Victimhood') 14/
.@thierrybaudet went on to say "an absolute crisis in our police is threatening our safety on the street", implying that only he and his party will be able to solve this, posing himself as a law and order politician. 15/
He then referred to a shooting this week in which a convicted man was able to kill three people and wound several. "As we saw last week, killers can walk freely". Only he can restore Law and Order (Chapter 7 of @jasonintrator's book) 16/
Of course, #Baudet's 'demographical suicide' (mentioned earlier) bullshit is part of the sexual anxiety fascist leaders try to create in an attempt to keep the country 'pure' (aka: white), an essential part of any fascist leader's playbook. 17/
.@thierrybaudet has also more than once talked about traditional family values and how he thinks women are inferior to men. He said in 2017 "women in general are not as good at most jobs and are less ambitious. They also have different interests, such as family things". 18/
In Chapter 9 of 'How Fascism Works', @jasonintrator explains how traditional family values are a keystone of any fascist leader, and how the nation is seen as 'a family' and the party leader is seen as 'the father' of the nation. 19/
During his speech last night, #Baudet made it clear that he thinks only HE and his party can 'save' the Netherlands, saying "we have been called to the battlefront". Now if that doesn't sound like fascism, I don't know what does. 20/
Finally, #Baudet has been a staunch opponent rescuing refugees and has said he wants to pull out of the 1951 UN Refugee Treaty. He has repeatedly made clear he does not care about human rights (especially for people of color). 21/
On top of that, @thierrybaudet has met with known white supremacist Jared Taylor and anti-semite Jean-Marine Le Pen. He has the support of the (tiny) Dutch neo-nazi party NVU. I mean, if a nazi party supports you, you should do some hard thinking about your policies. 22/
So yes, @thierrybaudet is a scary person and not just some flamboyant, good-looking young politician. We should fight EVERYTHING he stands for and the fact that he won is not a good thing. 23/END
One more add-on: As @job_polak shows in this tweet, @thierrybaudet also spoke at the IJzerwake, a far-right annual event in Belgium, where he spoke to people carrying flags that read 'My father fought on the East Front and I am proud of that".

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