AfD politician festival: insults and exultation over Sassoli’s death

Status: 11.01.2022 9:23 p.m.

Officially, the AfD was affected by Sassoli’s death. Internally it sounds different: In a chat, the EU parliamentarian makes no secret of his joy and insults the deceased. Party leader Meuthen calls this “deeply repulsive”.

By Martin Schmidt, ARD capital studio

The official AfD press release from Brussels still sounded very friendly, state-supporting, appropriate to the death of a politician. EU Parliament President David Sassoli “died far too early,” said AfD co-chair Jörg Meuthen, who is also a member of the EU Parliament. Sassoli was a fair President of Parliament, said Meuthen, and his death was a great loss for the European Parliament. On behalf of the Brussels AfD delegation, he writes that death affects them all very much.

Martin Schmidt
ARD capital studio

Internally it sounds very different with the party members in Brussels: “Finally this bastard is gone,” writes Nicolaus Fest in a WhatsApp group in which the AfD members of the European Parliament exchange ideas. Screenshots are the ARD capital studio before. “An anti-democrat, a shame for every parliamentary idea,” says Fest, who has been a member of the EU Parliament for the AfD since 2019, and in a chat about Sassoli.

Meuthen: “Disturbing and inexcusable”

On request, Fest does not distance itself from his statements. He would like to express himself in more detail later this week, he writes, and again insinuates that the chairman of the meeting was “often scandalously biased”.

His party leader Meuthen is shocked by the statements of his fellow MP: “Such a statement about a colleague who has just died after a serious illness is disturbing, deeply repugnant and inexcusable,” he said ARD capital studio With. According to statements by other MPs, Fest is said to have deleted the entry in the AfD chat group in the meantime.

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