“Czech Donald Trump” Wins Landslide Victory: “I am ready to fight for our national interests.”

“Czech Donald Trump” Wins Landslide Victory: “I am ready to fight for our national interests.” By Soeren Kern.

Populist tycoon Andrej Babis and his Eurosceptic political party have won the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election — by a landslide — making the “politically incorrect” billionaire businessman the main contender to become prime minister after coalition negotiations. …

As prime minister, Babis would share government with Czech President Milos Zeman, who has described political correctness as “a euphemism for political cowardice.” …

The populist ascendancy highlights a shifting political landscape in Europe where runaway multiculturalism and political correctness, combined with a massive influx of unassimilable migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, have given rise to a surge in support for anti-establishment protest parties. …

During the campaign, the 63-year-old Babis, one of the country’s wealthiest people, presented himself as a non-ideological results-oriented reformer. He pledged to run the Czech Republic like a business after years of what he called corrupt and inept management. He demanded a return of sovereignty from the European Union and rejected Czech adoption of the euro single currency. He has also promised to cut government spending, stop people from “being parasites” in the social welfare system, and fight for Czech interests abroad. …

Babis does not want the Czech Republic to leave the EU … At the same time, Babis is opposed to the country adopting the euro because doing so would, he believes, constrain national sovereignty and competitiveness …

Babis has expressed his opposition to mass migration: “I have stopped believing in successful integration and multiculturalism.” He has also insisted that the Czech Republic alone should decide who will work in the country and who will receive humanitarian aid: “I do not want to have a French or German migration policy; we want our migration policy to be completely different from other countries. Every state has some interests, we have to fight for Czech national interests, we do not want to have that multicultural model.”

In June 2017, Babis reiterated that the Czech Republic would not be taking orders from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels: “We have to fight for what our ancestors built here. If there will be more Muslims than Belgians in Brussels, that’s their problem. I don’t want that here. They won’t be telling us who should live here.”

In an interview with the Czech daily Pravo, Babis said: “It is unthinkable that the indigenous European population should adapt themselves to the refugees. We must do away with such nonsensical political correctness. The refugees should behave like guests, that is, they should be polite, and they certainly do not have the right to choose what they want to eat. Europe and Germany in particular are undergoing an identity crisis. There is a deep chasm between what people think and what the media tell them.”

Political correctness will subside eventually. But how much damage will it do before then?

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific