Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders, who is expected to make huge gains in a March 15 election, said on Sunday he would ban Turkish officials from political campaigning in the Netherlands.
Wilders told journalists in Amsterdam the response by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was “very weak. I would do things differently.”
“I would declare. ..the whole Cabinet of Turkey persona non grata,” Wilders said. He called Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan an “Islamofascist,” saying that he opposed his efforts to change the constitution in Turkey to strengthen his position.
Wilder’s Party for Freedom, campaigning to close the Dutch border to Muslim immigrants and shut mosques, is virtually tied with Rutte’s conservative VVD party ahead of the general election on March 15.