Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Frauke Petry weighed in on the US election circus after Wednesday night’s final presidential debate, saying that a Trump victory would ease US-Russia tensions and calm the conflict in Ukraine.
“Whether he can actually deliver that we do not know”
“Trump may offer possible alternatives,” Petry told Reuters. “Whether he can actually deliver that we do not know. But if Mrs Clinton continues the path of Obama, then we may have an expanded war in Ukraine and that cannot be in German interests.”
Though when asked about Trumps less than flattering comments on women, Petry turned it around to address the issue on a more local level. “We have German politicians that are attacked for calling someone ‘a little mouse’ or ‘darling’ or something like that – and this causes uproar in the German media,” she said. “We don’t see this uproar when we talk about women being harassed, being sexually attacked by migrants.”
While Petry didn’t offer up a full Trump endorsement, her comments weren’t much of a shock. The AfD party’s rhetoric closely matches that of Trump, including a strong anti-imigrant policy. Much like Trump, the AfD is shaking up Germany’s own political system, feeding on the growing fears of the public.
The AfD support, while small in comparison to the more established parties, is growing and shaking up local elections. In the country’s most recent election, voter support for the party led to a crushing blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own party, leading party politicians to vocally distancing themselves from the her and her policies.