Chancellor Angela Merkel has just astonished Germany and the rest of the world by declaring her support for Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. Below are excerpts from an exclusive report published today by the English-language service of Der Spiegel:
We sat down for an interview with Mrs. Merkel in a comfortable anteroom of the Chancellor’s office. After exchanging initial pleasantries, we asked the Chancellor for her views on the upcoming American presidential election. She surprised us with this reply: “I have recently come to the conclusion that Donald Trump must be the next president. He is the only candidate who can possibly do what is necessary to save America and the rest of the Western world, including Germany.”
After pausing for a moment to recover from our shock, we asked her to explain how she had reached this conclusion. She said:
“It actually began more than twenty years ago, not long after the fall of the Wall. Like other residents of the former DDR, I had gained full access to Western media. In 1992 I started following the presidential candidacy of H. Ross Perot with great interest. I found myself supporting him — if I had been an American citizen, I would surely have voted for him.
“In later years I felt the same way about Ron Paul. His status as an outsider, a political iconoclast, really appealed to me.
“And now Donald Trump has emerged as the latest alternative to the political establishment. But he is so much stronger, so much more forceful! It makes him attractive to someone like me, both politically and on a personal level.
“The recent catastrophic situation caused by the entry of more than a million Muslim refugees into Germany has made me reconsider my immigration policies. I have come to believe that Donald Trump is right! Germany, like the USA, should close its borders to new migrants until those who are here have assimilated. And we must refuse all Muslim migrants until such time as we fully understand the nature of the threat they pose. To that end, I have begun an intensive study of the book Catastrophic Failure by Maj. Stephen Coughlin, so that I might become an expert in Shariah law. I especially want to understand what this ‘jihad’ is all about.
“Yes, I have to say that Donald Trump has made me see the error of my ways.”
Most other European capitals have yet to react to Chancellor Merkel’s abrupt and astonishing turnabout. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was the first to phone her with his congratulations, along with an invitation to come to Budapest for further discussions on these subjects.
Notably absent thus far, however, are any comments from the Quai d’Orsay or French President François Hollande.