Martin Schulz

Herr Schulz seems to be a tad confused:

The candidate named by Germany’s Social Democrats to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel, Martin Schulz, has vowed to fight populism if his party wins the elections due in September.

At an SPD party meeting in Berlin, he denounced Eurosceptics and the “racist” rhetoric of US President Donald Trump.

Mr Schultz also said that as leader of the EU Parliament he had always stood up “to those who attempt to destroy this project of unity”.

“Those people find in me a determined opponent,” he added.

Referring to Donald Trump, he denounced what he called the president’s “misogynistic, anti-democratic and racist” rhetoric.

What does any of this have to do with Germany? Is Trump running for office there? Or is that all it takes to win votes in Germany, parrot what global lefties are saying about Trump? God help them if he wins.

Francis Turner has more on Schulz here.

11 thoughts on “Martin Schulz

  1. Trump will, for the deadbeat loons of the Left, always be the gift that keeps on giving. Even if he were the slightest bit “racist” (And I don’t see any evidence he is, no more than Obumble was) he has to be painted with the largest brush possible in the most glaring colours so everyone notices what is being said, and therefore notices the speaker (who would otherwise be just another ho-hum pol)

    Memo to self: If I put the word ‘Trump’ in then everyone will sit up and take notice because I can add some accusation that doesn’t bear examining, but my slack-jawed audience is guaranteed to go apeshit. Go me!

    Also, I am glad he is determined to rebuff those who saw that the EU was anything but a project of unity. It was a project to get crappy politicians and hopeless layabouts some nice office space and a very good wage. Except of course, on Fridays when the great and good depart Brussels a few minutes after signing in — for a full day’s pay, no less — to go home for the weekend.

    Did I mention that I despise the EU?

  2. As I said the moment the news broke that Schulz was running for Kanzlership, the people who need to worry are the Brits and those Brexiteur Brits the more so. I mean those Brexiteurs who don’t want to see a rockwell grade ‘hard’ Brexit.
    Merkel, for all her toughness, is a pragmatist, if something is good for Germany AG then she’ll give a little. MS however is a True Believer in the whole EU thing, he would rather Germany industry suffered a little bit after a hard brexit than give a little and allow a sensible divorce which won’t send UK Plc plummeting.

  3. The Merkel/Schultz choice, after the Trump/Clinton choice, suggests to me that Western Democracy is in dire straits.

  4. @dearime
    Yesterday Schulz got himself officially nominated the German Labour candidate, with 100% of the delegate votes. Even he looked gobsmacked. I doubt any other socialist wannbe-leader anywhere in Europe has gotten 100% of his own party’s votes. In Germany certainly not since the war.
    Anyone of any party anywhere who can get 100% of the party behind him is going to be a serious contender for the Top Job. And he’s done it without trumpitter and without any actual firm policies.
    Can’t stand the guy (and I’m no fan of Merkel neither) but , as said above, MS is dangerous as only a True Believer or JesEuit can be.

  5. MS however is a True Believer in the whole EU thing, he would rather Germany industry suffered a little bit after a hard brexit than give a little and allow a sensible divorce which won’t send UK Plc plummeting.

    Oh, I can well believe there are a lot of politicians in the EU who would destroy entire worlds than have any doubt cast on their vanity project. Whether a Schulz-lead Germany would be able to send the UK into deep recession and only suffer slight pain back home is another matter entirely. I suspect assorted sensible business heads around the EU would stop that from happening, one way or another, in short order.

  6. The Merkel/Schultz choice, after the Trump/Clinton choice, suggests to me that Western Democracy is in dire straits.

    The Merkely/Schulz choice is more like the Jeb Bush/Clinton choice the Establishment wanted the electorate to have.

  7. Gorsuch nomination and proposed budget. These are of course not yet in the bag, but it’s as much as he can do. Nothing else to go on yet.

    Hopefully RyanCare won’t pass, although I wouldn’t be surprised if some opportunistic Democrats get it passed, after some symbolic tweaks. Pence and Price are doing Trump a disfavour on this issue.

    Western Europe is largely beyond saving and I couldn’t care less about the German elections.

  8. “[Herr Schulz] has vowed to fight populism if his party wins the elections”

    Really? I know he’s German but can he not see the contradiction?

    He wins an election and thinks that, in itself, is somehow NOT populism?

    Or is he perhaps planning an election along the “Stalin” model: “those who vote decide nothing, those who count the votes decide everything”?

  9. Man who vows th “fight populism” calls opponents “anti-democratic”.

    Only in the EU.

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