After the recent regional elections, AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) gained 23 seats in the state parliament in Baden-Württemberg. In the following video you’ll see a member of that parliament named Wolfgang Drexler refuse to shake the hand of a female fellow MP — not because he is a Muslim, but because she is a member of AfD.
Egri Nök, who translated the video for subtitles, supplies this context:
People thought Wolfgang Drexler was acting self-righteous. He justified his action, saying he was taking a moral stand by not shaking her hand. But everyone, even the press, remained skeptical. Readers’ comments under the original clip and in newspapers were negative. The gist of what was said: no matter how big the political differences, that is no reason to forgo manners. Or even things such as, “This shows what you really think about democracy.”
So instantly Drexler pulls out a “death threat” he allegedly got over not shaking her hand! And the next day, the headlines are no longer “SPD guy refuses to shake hands of an AfD lady” but “SPD guy receives death threats from AfD supporters!”
How convenient, eh?
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:34||As of the elections in early March, the AfD has become the third-largest party|
|00:37||[in Baden-Württemberg], even before the Social Democrats.|
|00:40||And today there was a real zinger. At the first session of the new state parliament|
|00:44||it was obvious that cooperation will be difficult.|
|00:52||He has walked this way many times, Wolfgang Drexler, after three decades|
|00:56||for the Social Democrats in the state parliament in Stuttgart.|
|00:59||But today, something is different. Today, he will encounter THEM. Members of the AfD.|
|01:05||Like Christina Baum. In the opposition, like him. But wished-for?|
|01:10||Hi, are you from the SWR [public television] too? — No. I’m from the Social Democrats.|
|01:14||And you do not shake my hand? — No. Someone who says we have no freedom of opinion,|
|01:19||and you are a person who… who says we promoted sexualisation so that pedophiles|
|01:23||with 12 years [sic] can now abuse children.|
|01:30||That was not what I said. — I can read to you what you said. Do you want me to read out what you said?|
|01:34||That was not what I said. But besides, we are elected representatives. — Sure, so what?|
|01:38||We live in a democracy. — That may be true. But I do not have to shake every representative’s hand.|
|01:41||Maybe not shake her hand. But the SPD together with the FDP and the AfD is in the opposition.|
|01:48||And there it is the strongest power. From today on 23 representatives of the AfD|
|01:51||are in the parliament in Stuttgart.