The behavior of the CDU chancellor candidate Armin Laschet during a visit to the Erftstadt disaster area provoked a wave of indignation on social media – the ten most important tweets in full.
He would like to become the next Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, but the candidate has no control over himself: When Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expresses his sympathy in a speech to the residents of Erftstadt in the flood region of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Prime Minister of the federal state of the same name smiles with his Companions who can be seen in the background. The group is obviously having fun, as the film and photo shoots show.
The episode ‘Lachanfall im Hochwassergebiet’ or ‘Laschet laughs in the middle of suffering’ from Saturday quickly led to the new hashtag #Laschetlacht on Twitter and became a top trend topic on Twitter over the course of Sunday – alongside #LaschetRuecktritt.
How much the Union’s candidate for chancellor has more than just messed up with flood victims and potential voters is shown by tweets like these:
Also with regard to the corona virus, the CDU’s candidate for chancellor and those around him is anything but a role model.
Who are the people who laugh with Laschet?
‘The man next to Laschet is a RWE lobbyist,’ says User @TorstenLuetten . For him this is ‘CDU corruption at its best’. ‘It’s kind of like joking with the killer at the funeral.’ Parliamentary watch has identified the person on Laschet’s right in greater detail.
Armin Laschet reacted to the reactions on social media on Saturday. But that backfired in the network. An apology for wrongdoing sounds different. The Laschet tweet does it for @Marianna Henning only worse.
How embarrassing Laschet’s appearance was in Erftstadt is indicated by a tweet from a local politician who does not want to be seen with him in the group of laughing people. ‘There is a rumor circulating on social media that I can be seen as deputy mayor on the recordings of the Steinmeier video and that I am part of the laughing group,’ writes Stephanie Bethmann from the Greens also on their Twitter account. ‘I was not there and I still have no words for the lack of empathy of those who are joking there.’
The filming with the laughing Laschet was more of a pure media appointment, which makes the Prime Minister’s behavior even more inexplicable.
Here Steinmeier and the people in his background were not secretly observed and filmed with the cell phone, but the head of state made an official statement to the press.
For Peter Dabrock, the former chairman of the German Ethics Council, Laschet’s appearance on Saturday in the disaster area is not a petitesse, but rather a ‘disrespect for the victims’.
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