Geert Wilders is often called the Dutch Donald Trump.
He shares the US President’s tough stance on immigration, both are Eurosceptic and have an insatiable appetite for tweeting as well as being divisive, controversial figures.
They have also both found themselves in rows over “fake news”, with Mr Wilders posting on Twitter a digitally altered picture of a liberal political rival surrounded by Islamists.
And then there is the hair – Mr Wilders is nicknamed Mozart for his dyed platinum blonde locks while the President’s mane is also a source of much discussion.
But while the American businessman resides in one of the most famous houses in the world, the far-right Freedom Party (PVV) founder and leader lives in hiding.
Surrounded by police and security guards on a walkabout in Spijkenisse, the Dutch anti-Islam politician has launched his campaign for March’s election where he hopes to win the highest number of parliamentary seats and become PM.
He wants to “de-Islamise” the Netherlands, close the nation’s border to Muslim immigrants and shut all mosques.
He also wants to take the country out of the European Union and bring back the Dutch currency.
The 53-year-old firebrand hopes the anti-establishment sentiment that helped propel Mr Trump to the White House and sparked Brexit in the UK will also push him to power.
But despite leading the polls with predictions the PVV could get around 20% of the vote, he will struggle to form a government as most major parties have ruled out going into coalition with him.
During the walkabout, he hit out at “Moroccan scum” who he said were making Holland’s streets unsafe and urged the Dutch to “regain” their country.
Last December he was convicted of inciting discrimination for leading supporters in a chant three years ago that they wanted “fewer! fewer! fewer!” Moroccans.
He was charged after police received almost 6,000 complaints about the speech that followed local elections in March 2014.
But he was cleared of inciting hatred and no fine or sentence was handed down by the court.
Mr Wilders, who is his party’s leader in the Dutch House of Representatives, has also called for the Koran to be banned, comparing it to Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
Mr Wilders’ opponents have accused him of “rattling the gates with a toxic cocktail of fear, hatred and division”.
In Spijkenisse, local resident Theo de Boer said he was “polarising people”.
“He discriminates and I totally disagree with him. We have a constitution and freedom of religion is one of its most important pillars,” Mr De Boer added.
Mr Wilders, who was lived in hiding since an Islamist murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004, supports President Trump’s ban on entry to the US for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations.
The Netherlands has a substantial Islamic population because of its colonial past in Indonesia.
Muslims make up about 5% of the population.
Mr Wilders says they should only remain in his country if they abide by its codes of behaviour and do not follow Sharia law.
He told Sky News: “We don’t want to kick any Muslims out.
“Muslims who are in the Netherlands today and adhere to our constitution, our law and our values are welcome to stay and are as equal as anybody else.
“But if they start committing serious crimes, if they practice Sharia law, and if they are punished and sentenced for that and have a double nationality, as many in the Netherlands do, then we want them to be stripped of the Dutch nationality and sent away.”
Up to 40% of the Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands do not feel they belong or are accepted, according to a survey.
Born in the city of Venlo, Mr Wilders is the youngest of four children.
In 1998, he was elected to the national parliament, representing the VVD party.
But his outspoken views on Islamic extremism led to him clashing with bosses and he was expelled before setting up his own Freedom Party (PVV) in 2004.
In parliamentary elections in 2010, the PVV got 15% of the vote, making it the third party in size.
A coalition of VVD and Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) was formed with negotiations by the PVV, which caused controversy even though it did not form part of the government.