updateCaroline van der Plas, party leader of the BoerBurgerBeweging and one of the newcomers in the House of Representatives, has become the target of ‘a personal hate campaign’. She lets it slide, reports Van der Plas this morning. “Slept like a baby.”
Various twitterers, including BIJ1 party leader Sylvana Simons, point out to Van der Plas a series of old tweets that are said to be homophobic and racist in nature. In an extensive statement, Van der Plas dismisses all accusations. It is suggested that I am homophobic. I throw myself far from this’, she says.
Party leader Caroline van der Plas of the BoerBurgerBeweging party yesterday immediately attracted attention in The Hague by arriving in a tractor at the House of Representatives. With her seat she tries to get the voice of the countryside in The Hague. She received a lot of praise for this, but after a discussion with fellow newcomer Sylvana Simons (BIJ1) Jinek last night, Van der Plas has come under considerable fire.
This has to do with a series of old tweets, which, according to various twitterers, are homophobic and sexist in nature. For example, Van der Plas tweeted in 2013: ‘If you sail through the canal with strings through buttocks and glitter on the crotch, you DO NOT WANT to be accepted’, referring to the GayPride in Amsterdam. And a few months later she tweeted, “Pretty ironic. That Nelson Mandela dies the day we uphold Zwarte Piet’s honor. ‘
The storm that rose yesterday has not kept the Deventer from her sleep, she says on Twitter. She ‘slept like a baby’, she reports.
The tweets that led to the uproar on Friday evening and that were distributed by Sylvana Simons, among others, are part of a hate campaign, according to Van der Plas. “The big destruction has started,” she reports in a statement on Twitter. ‘Because I dared to ask one critical question at Jinek last night, a whole army of tweets from 8 years ago are now being scooped up from the depths of Twitter. Do what you can not resist. I know who I am. I know what I stand for. ‘
The accusation that Van der Plas is homophobic, she says, is an assumption based on ‘a personal opinion about costumes during the Gaypride in 2013’. She does not insist on being homophobic or racist. In fact, in our election manifesto we propagate that racism and discrimination are prohibited and punishable. Furthermore, we strongly support same-sex marriage and we believe that everyone should be allowed to live life as he or she wants. A tweet about an event in Amsterdam does not change that. ”
Without mentioning Sylvana Simons by name, she lashes out at her new colleague. “I do not shy away from a discussion, but I only conduct the discussion with an open mind and not via a hate campaign on social media. A hate campaign, initiated by people who themselves fight hard to get rid of hatred. ” Van der Plas does not make any immediate apologies, but does remove the tweets.
“Not to hide anything, not because I am now afraid of criticism. But to protect my immediate environment against the aggression and dredging that they now also get over them.
The BoerBurgerBeweging was founded in 2020. According to Van der Plas, the countryside is disadvantaged compared to the rest of the Netherlands. “There are far fewer facilities, such as police stations, hospitals or libraries. At the same time, the green spaces will be filled with solar parks and homes. ”
It was the first time that the party had run in elections. In several municipalities, the party was the largest riser in percentage terms. Van der Plas is ‘super happy’ with the result for her party. “We worked for two years to get the voice of the countryside in The Hague. Now I am going to have a say in the new policy. Healthy policy, which is desperately needed. ” For example, she wants all policy to ask the question of what it will mean for rural areas in the future.