On the eve of high school elections in the US, Frank Plasberg is working for the US president. It is a question of whether Trump is now largely attributed to economic success. Or a division of society.
"Mid-term elections were boring, ever heard of them?" Donald Trump has it. "And now they're the hottest thing!" While the US president praises the end of the election campaign in Cleveland itself, on Monday evening, Frank Plasberg's guests are trying to talk about this "warmest reality" at the same distance at the necessary distance. So much less demagogically hot than sober German.
The reason is not just a mid-term election on Tuesday, but a confusion about the way the former US democracy model in general. When German citizens agree at least on the credibility of the current US president: Only ten percent of the Germans believe Trump, according to a recent PEV survey. u Hard, but fair However, the usual parity in conversations is maintained.
As a critic, Trump Plasberg's team called on German-American television actor Walter Sitler, who hopes that "educated nations in the republicans" will be able to give up Trumpe by 2020 at the latest. Lingvist Elisabeth Vehling, who surrenders to Berkeley, California, confirms that the US president is "trained in neuroscience and language research." What is not said literally and certainly not as a compliment. First of all, she considers Trump an unscrupulous and cunning rhetoric that manipulates voters.
Ralph Freund arrived at the Pro Trump Card, vice-president of "Republicans Abroad in Germany", that is, the US Republican in Germany. He explains that Trump is not "his absolute favorite," but often makes a good policy. This roughly corresponds to the attitude of the Republican party staff on the other side of the ocean, where the inner opposition "never trumpets" no longer plays any role.
The second advocate of Trump is Georg Pazderski, vice-national spokesman for AfD. For five years as a staff member of the Federal Armed Forces of the Central Command, the US Armed Forces in Florida qualify Colonel a.D. as a guest. As expected, the leader of the parliamentary group in the House of Representatives in Berlin defends the American president and his sharp anti-immigrant rhetoric: "In the United States, a stronger tongue can speak, than in Germany," he says. And it leaves open whether it means a compliment.
Peter Beier from CDU sits between chairs. A member of the German Bundestag is responsible for transatlantic cooperation as commissar of the Federal Government. His criticism of Trump's unilaterism and trade policy reflects the attitude of the government – his disappointment with US political decadence is in person: "It seems that you no longer have a common place in the political corridors of the Republicans and Democrats," he regretted. This is neither a compliment nor a criticism, but a real statement.
Within 75 minutes, it's about Trump's responsibility: for a good economic situation, for example. Everything inherited from Obama, Trump reports. He once again encouraged him, he emphasized his advocates. The growing military costs of NATO countries? Only Trumpets were pressurized, says AfD, the man of Pazderski. Already agreed in 2014, corresponds to CDU Beier. There is a difference between the expression of will and action, Plasberg intervenes.
But the debate on accountability is also about Trump's rhetoric and hatred in the country to lead. "Kukavitsa," actor Sittler urges the US president because he does not take responsibility for his statements, even after the ships for the trailer were bombed by political opponents.
On the other hand, a Republican friend defends the President's rhetoric, including the slander of American immigrants as criminals and terrorists: "It hurts, but it falls to the wounds because it does not solve the issues." Perhaps because this is not the most important question? Over the past two years, the percentage of Republicans has tripled, citing immigration as the main political issue. Is it really Trump picking up the mood or Trump an upsetting mood?
The question of choosing a word
Speaking scholar Vehling describes moving focus themes by "framing" several times that evening, often quite extensive and scientifically, but ultimately dominating the usual level of speech in a useful way. It affects whether someone is talking about "regulations" or "protective regulations" that he wants to solve. A lie, which is repeated only often, can become a perceived truth. And who, like Trump, speaks on a daily basis of immediate decline and fear, just create an appropriate climate.
At the moment, the program, in which it is pleasantly civilized and relatively close to the facts, is coming to an end and the debate has long returned to Germany. Of course, it again turns to the refugee issue and the political climate in this country.
Taking into account the rhetorical lasting escalation of the party, Plasberg asks whether AfD deliberately uses the language as a means of mood. "Language is a reflection of society," responds AfD, the man of Pazderski. Trumpova's usual defenders on US television would be thrilled: if the Germans are already buying too little goods from the United States, some politicians have imported a trick to blur the difference between the causes and the effects.