Nomination of Pete Hoekstra, one of Tea Party’s founders, raises eyebrows in first country to legalise gay marriage

A gay rights opponent who was once accused of appearing in a racist campaign advert and has claimed that refugees pose a threat to Europe has been named by Donald Trump as his choice for US ambassador to the Netherlands.

The nomination of the former congressman Pete Hoekstra, one of the founders of the conservative Tea Party movement, has raised eyebrows in the Netherlands, a bastion of liberal values and the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage.

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