SPD chairman Lars Klingbeil has accused leading Union politicians of having an outdated worldview and criticizing them for working on issues such as gender-sensitive language in order to distract from their own political failures. “This country is more modern and further than Markus Söder and Friedrich Merz. They are 30 years too late," said Klingbeil at the political Ash Wednesday of the North Rhine-Westphalia Social Democrats on Wednesday evening in Schwerte.
Klingbeil said sarcastically that anyone who heard Söder's Ash Wednesday speech could get the impression: "The greatest threat to our Western civilization, the greatest threat to our Western civilization, the greatest threat to democracy is: gender." Conservatives have learned a political style pointing fingers at others because it makes their political life easier. They waged culture wars because they didn't want to talk about their failures, for example in the area of social housing or the issue of the minimum wage.
With the topics that Merz or Söder focused on, you get applause from 1,000 or 2,000 people in Passau or at the regulars’ table of the Junge Union in Sauerland, said Klingbeil. "But you can no longer convince a country with that."
Söder received more than one tip at the event, which is traditionally more harsh than usual about the political opponent: "It's quite an achievement when you, as Bavarian Prime Minister, set out to become a candidate for chancellor, and then you fail at – Armin Laschet”, etched Klingbeil and earned malicious laughter. Other parties also got their fat off: some politicians from the Greens, for example, previously only knew the Bundeswehr because they demonstrated against it, but are now the greatest weapons experts. With a view to the AfD, Klingbeil said: "This party is a disgrace to Germany."