The first major party leader debate on television for the 2021 parliamentary elections is over. It is difficult to pinpoint a winner or loser, it was all just a bit too rehearsed for that. There were, however, quite a few embarrassing moments. A compilation.
The RTL party leader debate took place in Amsterdam’s Felix Meritis. Leaders of the six largest parties (average of polls and the current number of seats in the House of Representatives) were invited. Read the substantive summary of the debate here.
Embarrassing moments during RTL Party Leader Debate
Mark Rutte (VVD), Sigrid Kaag (D66), Geert Wilders (PVV), Wopke Hoekstra (CDA), Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks) and Lilian Marijnissen (SP) were given the space to debate topics such as the corona approach, diversity , education, healthcare and economics. In addition, everyone received a live voter question from a concerned or angry citizen. In addition, Lilian Marijnissen and Jesse Klaver came off remarkably easy compared to the rest. For Hoekstra and Kaag it was their first major party leader debate on television. A few embarrassing moments in a row.
1. The politician whisperer
To begin with, with presenter and debate leader Jetske Schrijver, who was initially set up incorrectly and then whispered in the ears of the viewers of the party leader debate. By accident, of course. There was something wrong with the sound. Unfortunately, this was resolved after the first commercial break.
Long ago that someone so erotically whispered in my ear. #RTLdebat
– Jarno van Straaten (@JarnovStraaten) February 28, 2021
hahaha that whispering. soundman forgets to turn off a mic here and there. #RTLdebat
– Tim Hofman (@debroervanroos) February 28, 2021
Can that politician whisperer stop whispering? #RTLdebat
– Wierd Duk (@wierdduk) February 28, 2021
2. Zwarte Piet as Minister of Culture
That Geert Wilders is one of the best debaters in the House of Representatives will even recognize his greatest enemy. During the party leader debate on Radio 1 last week, he got a laugh on his hand with a comment about the ‘Kaagbaan’. The presumably prepared joke he pulled out of the hat last night was of a noticeably sadder level. Effective, because with “that pathetic Zwarte Piet” he hijacked the debate.
Zwarte Piet as minister of culture ? .. I love this man ? pic.twitter.com/KFJjoSZa0l
– FFenn (@ Covfefe81) February 28, 2021
Mr. Wilders deliberately pursues discriminatory politics. You enjoy hurting people. And then you come back with that pathetic black Pete.
– D66 (@ D66) February 28, 2021
Geert Wilders reacted negatively to a statement about more diversity in the Dutch parliament. “A person of color that I do want to defend is Zwarte Piet. As far as I am concerned, Zwarte Piet can become Minister of Culture in the next cabinet, to restore Dutch culture. ” Sigrid Kaag responded and reacted fiercely. Both will have won this discussion in the eyes of their constituents, but what was this about?
3. Sigrid Kaag opposite a farmer
Sigrid Kaag herself was somewhat tongue-tied during her voter question. Concerned farmer Bert-Jan Verboom expressed his dissatisfaction with a plan for halving livestock, supported by D66. The D66 party leader did not have an adequate answer to his alternative plan for less nitrogen emissions, without halving the livestock population. She let herself be persuaded to sit down with him to direct his plans. And yes, a promise is a promise. Furthermore, Kaag remained upright during her first debate.
A farmer who demolishes the entire D66 campaign in 1 minute and puts Kaag in her stuttering shirt #rtldebat
– Sasha Boers (@SashaBoers) February 28, 2021
Kaag in conversation with a real citizen who is also a farmer. She has never felt so alone …… .. #rtl election debate
– Eelco van Hoecke (@EelcoHoecke) February 28, 2021
4. Jesse Klaver and Ronald Koeman
Back to the statement about diversity, to which Jesse Klaver tried to respond to the gut feeling of football fans with a rehearsed answer. That went wrong. “If Ronald Koeman would only draft white boys this summer, I know one thing for sure: we will definitely not be a European champion,” said the leader of GroenLinks during the party leaders debate. RTL4. That’s right, Ronald Koeman. Furthermore, viewers were bothered by the fact that he involved his sisters, brothers and other family members in everything.
Hilarity on Twitter about national coach miss Jesse Klaver https://t.co/jEJsubiZKm via @Telegraph
If Ronald Koeman were only drafting white boys this summer, I know one thing for sure: we will definitely not be a European champion…. About being under a bubble?
– Frans van den Mosselaar (@FvdMosselaar) March 1, 2021
5. Victim’s benefits affair is silenced by Mark Rutte
Wow, self-proclaimed ‘final boss’ Mark Rutte was right in front of Kristie Rongen, one of the victims of the benefits affair. For other victims, this was undoubtedly the most painful and satisfying moment of the party leader debate. “Mr. Rutte, if it has not yet been resolved in a year’s time, will you resign?” She silenced the Prime Minister, although of course he knew how to sail around it skillfully. “I’ll stop you here for a moment,” she interrupted him a few times. “We were trapped like rats.” Check out the full moment via the tweet below.
Victim’s benefits affair Kristie DEMOLDS Mark Rutte: “We were trapped like rats. You are the main culprit.” Complete video -> https://t.co/FDiPJsl6NN pic.twitter.com/J25ItDsfPH
– NoStyle (@noStyle) February 28, 2021
6. Wopke Hoekstra and the camera
Wopke Hoekstra also faltered during the voters’ question, which was put to him by two duped catering entrepreneurs. Just like Mark Rutte, he responded indirectly, and that was wrong with many viewers. But especially his camera view was a tad akward. As the only participant in the party leaders debate on RTL 4, he constantly looked into the camera, so that his tunes came across as very rehearsed.
– Mirthe Westrik (@MirtheWestrik) February 28, 2021
Does Wopke Hoekstra read from an autocue or is he really the only one who looks straight into the camera when he talks? #RTL debate
– Mention Account (@mention_account) February 28, 2021
Wopke Hoekstra who talks directly into the camera. Am I the only one who gets a little sick of that? #RTLdebat
– Amaze me about (@VerbaasMe) February 28, 2021
View the full RTL 4 party leader debate and the commentary here.
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