President Donald Trump on Monday made clearly false claims about Germany — which will likely only buttress support for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Trump made three claims about Germany.
“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition,” Trump tweeted.
Jeremy Cliffe, the Berlin bureau chief for The Economist, reminded that, “Merkel remains the most popular politician in Germany.”
Latest approval ratings for German politicians. Merkel: 50%. Gauland (Trump equivalent): 12%. Sad! pic.twitter.com/cYqcXQ0Jis
— Jeremy Cliffe (@JeremyCliffe) June 18, 2018
Ironically, Trump tweeting against Merkel actually shores up her domestic political support.
“The US president’s intervention could be useful domestically for Ms Merkel because of his unpopularity; just 11 per cent of Germany has a favourable view of Mr Trump, according to research by pollster Pew for the Germany public broadcaster DW,” The Independent noted.
In fact, Trump may have just thrown Merkel a life preserver.
“Nice of the president to help Angela Merkel by giving her exactly what she needed politically : a Trump endorsement of her opponents,” explained Hudson Institute fellow Benjamin Haddad.
Trump’s second claim was that, “crime in Germany is way up.”
Reuters national security correspondent Jonathan Landay explained how thoroughly Trump had misrepresented crime in Germany.
“This is another lie by Trump,” Landay reported. “Crime is at a 30-year low in Germany.”
Trump’s third claim was that it was a “big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!”
“Under Merkel, Germany opened its borders to welcome around 1 million asylum-seekers in 2015. At times more than 10,000 people were arriving daily in the country, which had a population of around 81 million,” NBC News reported Monday. “But according to official figures released last month, Germany last year recorded its lowest number of criminal offenses since 1992, with figures showing the crime rate is falling more quickly among non-German suspects.”
CNN political contributor Keith Boykin reminded how this particular lie has been used in the past.
“Germany last month reported its lowest crime rate since 1992,” Boykin reminded. “Austrian-born Adolf Hitler also used lies and misinformation about crime to complain about groups of people in Germany who had ‘changed their culture.'”
The host of the Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM had even hasher words.
“Crime is not up. This is another lie. And the last line is a chilling call to white supremacists,” Signorile observed. “He’s gone full on Nazi.”
The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018