Femke Halsema suffered severe criticism when she took it up for women in burqa. Het Parool asked the question: "May the mayor of the republic of Amsterdam say something about topical issues?" Charles Huijskens was asked for a response. Huijskens said: "They are all very happy in The Hague that they can catch her. Faint and unjustified. They have appointed her herself, then they can now also support her. "