His comments resulted in thousands of complaints, leading to a trial and today’s conviction which, nonetheless, carries no penalty. Wilders, who is riding high as the leader of the anti-immigration Party of Freedom ahead of a general election in March next year, said the verdict was “madness.”

As the standard bearer for the Dutch outpost of the populist wave sweeping the western world, Wilders is using the trial to bolster his anti-establishment credentials, milking coverage of his anti-Islamic comments as much as possible. In recent polls, Wilders’ party is projected to more than double the number of seats it won in the last vote, possibly surpassing the center-right People’s Party of current prime minister Mark Rutte as the largest in parliament (but falling short of a majority).

“I will never be silent. You will never be able to stop me,” Wilders said in a video response to the court verdict. “The Netherlands is entitled to politicians who speak the truth and honestly address the problem with Moroccans.” He defended himself and insisted “Moroccans are not a race and people who criticize Moroccans are not racist.”

Wilders is no stranger to appearing in court to answer for his inflammatory remarks. He was previously prosecuted and cleared in 2011 for comparing Islam to Nazism (he even likened the Quran to Mein Kampf). That case was widely seen as giving him and his party a publicity boost, and history may repeat itself following today’s verdict.

Here are just a few of his other controversial remarks over the years:

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