A few months before the Dutch general election, which took place last Wednesday, Wilders was far in the lead ahead of the other candidates for Prime Minister. People were taken by his outspokenness, his disdain for political correctness, and his promise to shake up the Dutch political system. Some latched onto his promise to reinstate the dominance of the Christian cultural heritage in The Netherlands and his emphasis on "family values." Others shared his belief that The Netherlands should not only ban all Muslim immigration but that the country should rid itself of Muslims altogether. Still others liked the idea of change that Wilders represented. And some were just angry.
When Donald Trump won the American election Geert Wilders benefited from a surge in popularity in the Dutch polls. Shortly after Trump's inauguration Wilders enjoyed another bump and appeared to be on his way to a landslide win.
But then in the weeks that followed, as the world watched the comedy of errors that the government of the United States was thrown into, and continues to be thrown into, under Donald Trump's terrible policies and choices, his dangerously impulsive, irresponsible, behavior, and his overall ineptitude, the majority of Dutch citizens decided they really didn't want a Donald Trump of their own after all.