Status: 07.06.2021 6:48 a.m.
CDU Bundestag candidate Maaßen attacks the Green Chancellor candidate Baerbock via Twitter – his party does not approve of that. CDU General Secretary Ziemiak calls the tweet “unspeakable”. And the CSU even sees a “burden” in the election campaign.
With a tweet directed against the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock, the CDU Bundestag candidate and former constitutional protection chief Hans-Georg Maassen caused outrage – also in his own party.
CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak said in the Berlin round the ARD on the state election in Saxony-Anhalt: “This tweet is impossible, unspeakable.” He added: “It’s not our level either, it’s not my level.”
CSU General Secretary Markus Blume told the “Bild” that he actually felt Maassen “as a burden in the election campaign”. CSU Vice President Dorothee Bär joined Blume. “We separate ourselves very clearly from such unspeakable tendencies. I want a fair election campaign in which nobody is discredited on the basis of any names,” she told the “Welt”.
Maaßen had associated the first letters of Baerbock’s full name with the abbreviation “ACAB” (“All cops are bastards”). He wrote: “Annalena Charlotte Alma Baerbock = ACAB = All Cops Are Bastards. Coincidence or cipher?”
In this context, he referred to a report that Baerbock wanted security authorities to check for right-wing extremist groups. “ACAB” is considered a defamatory formulation – the term is used, among other things, by visitors to football matches to provoke police forces.
Maassen’s tweet triggered a wave of outrage shortly after it was published. Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt called the tweet in the Berlin round as an example of how in the federal election campaign “the only woman in the race is just hit”, with allegations “way below the belt”. This discourages many other women from even wanting to play a role in politics.
The CDU accused Göring-Eckardt of supporting “such a conspiracy theorist” and allowing him to become part of the next parliamentary group.
“You can’t stink over a skunk”
CSU General Secretary Blume emphasized that Maassen “would always confuse the coordinates a bit” and referred to Maassen’s dealings with the AfD. But only one thing is correct: “Very clear demarcation.” Because: “You can’t stink over a skunk.”
The winner of the election in Saxony-Anhalt, CDU Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff, also turned against Maaßen. On the evening of the election, he said on the program “Bild live”, those “who represent difficult people in East Germany, they all come from the West”. Maassen was also “not socialized with us,” emphasized the Prime Minister. He called for “a political culture to be cultivated again that avoids certain failures”.
Maaßen is applying for a Bundestag mandate for the CDU in South Thuringia.