Dutch TV Show Welcomes Trump with Hilarious Inauguration Parody

Donald Trump being sworn in before his inauguration speech
Donald Trump being sworn in before his inauguration speech | © White House photographer/WikiCommons
Tom Coggins

Over the past few days a clip from a Dutch satirical news show has gone viral on social media. This brief message lampoons Donald Trump’s divisive inauguration speech and jokingly pleads with the new president to put the Netherlands second, in response to his ‘America first’ rhetoric.
The video first appeared on last Sunday’s edition of Zondag Met Lubach – a weekly satirical news show that is hosted by the Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach. After its original broadcast, Lubach and his team added English subtitles to the clip and uploaded it to Youtube, where it immediately went viral.

Throughout the video a voice actor imitates Trump’s distinctive drawl and hyperbolic spiel in order to introduce the Republican leader to the Dutch homeland. Its narrator sarcastically brags about the Netherlands’ superior culture, language and heritage, whilst applauding the country’s quaint tourist attractions, such as the ponies at Slagharen theme park and Madurodam miniature village in the Hague.

At one point its narrator draws attention to a causeway in North Holland called Afsluitdijk and claims that this massive seawall was built to protect the Netherlands from Mexican water. Later on, the video addresses the President directly and advises him to move his business assets to the Netherlands, due to the country’s relaxed taxation policies.

The clip ends by assuring Trump that ‘we totally understand it’s going to be America first, but can we just say: The Netherlands second?’

While there has been no response from the White House, the video has caused quite a stir on social media and has been publicized by several American news sites, including the Washington Post and Time Magazine.

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

close-ad
Edit article