Angela Merkel has abruptly lost her status as the world’s most progressive leader after Justin Trudeau
Liberal politicos began to abandon the German chancellor en masse after she gave a speech to her party demanding the ban “wherever possible”:
— dpa international (@dpa_intl) December 6, 2016
“Angela Merkel has called for a burqa ban in Germany.”
Sigh. Telling women what (not) to wear is not liberation. https://t.co/6ZbmC7ssIh
— Senthorun Raj (@senthorun) December 6, 2016
For many the turnaround from safe, cutesy “mutti” (mom) who let a million refugees into Germany to dark, right-wing populist was stark, though the signs had been there for a while.
Tuesday morning reporters were cooing over a video clip which showed Merkel being puzzled by a 360-degree camera recording her speech:
This is…weirdly sweet? https://t.co/Mcf9Ci3cju
— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) December 6, 2016
And the previous day she had widely been adopted as the last guardian of the Western moral order (Canada is quite far away) after Barack Obama, the UK’s David Cameron and Italy’s Matteo Renzi were toppled by their electorates in a matter of months.
Every leader in this picture has now fallen except for Angela Merkel. It was taken just six months ago. pic.twitter.com/Cy2S5OuK0W
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) December 5, 2016
But hours after the announcement, damning hot takes were being concocted and reporters were rushing to condemn/pick holes in her proposals.
There goes any notion Germany is the remaining bastion of democracy/liberalism >>>
Merkel calls for German burqa ban https://t.co/qrNGnpFNwt
— Steve Bradley (@bradley_steve) December 6, 2016
How's that saviour of civilised liberalism working out for you? https://t.co/og9fVKspOZ
— Tom Gann (@Tom_Gann) December 6, 2016
— Siraj Datoo (@dats) December 6, 2016
All those “Merkel is the only good leader” takes are looking pretty cold right now https://t.co/E9iBj3MA2L
— Joe (@josephcorcoran) December 6, 2016
— Pat Condell (@patcondell) December 6, 2016
At this rate, soon all liberals will have with which console themselves will be these woke scented candles that smell like Justin Trudeau.