Berlin AfD chairman Tino Chrupalla would like more German cultural assets to be conveyed in schools in this country – but he had to pass the question of a ZDF children’s reporter about his favorite German poem.
Visibly unsettled, the 46-year-old replied: “My favorite poem is, uh, I have to, I would have to think about it now, I can’t think of any.” When asked by “logo!” Reporter Alexander whether the AfD politician might have a favorite poet, Chrupalla replied “Heinrich Heine.”
He had previously emphasized that his party wanted more German folk songs and German poems to be taught again, and that German poets and thinkers would be honored more in schools. Thereupon Alexander said that he found that a relatively large number of poems had to be memorized.
The top candidates of the other parties – from Armin Laschet (CDU) to Olaf Scholz (SPD), Annalena Baerbock (Greens), Christian Lindner (FDP), Markus Söder (CSU) to Janine Wissler (left) presented themselves shortly before the Bundestag election on September 26th in three to four-minute interviews with the children’s reporters from “logo!”. And were not always sure about questions about youth language. Chrupalla could not score on the question of what the youth word “cringe” means.
There was mockery and malice for his statements on the Internet. One user tweeted, “It’s like asking Sarah Palin about her newspaper reading. Or Donald Trump after his favorite passage from the Bible. ”Another wrote:“ Chrupalla doesn’t know any German poems, but Heine doesn’t like cringer. ”