BERLIN – Recently hundreds of far-flung activists tried to blow up the German parliament, with one of their leaders reviving the crowd by mixing President Trump.
“Trump is in Berlin!” The woman shouted from a small platform, as if to dedicate the imminent charge to her.
She was so confident that several groups of far-right activists later showed up at the US embassy and demanded an audience with Mr. Trump. “We know she’s there!” He insisted.
Mr. Trump was neither in the embassy nor in Germany that day – and yet he was there. His face was popular on banners, T-shirts, and even the pre-1918 imperial flag of Germany, popular with neo-Nazis in a crowd of 50,000 who came to protest Germany’s pandemic sanctions . His name was filled with enthusiasm by many.
This was just the latest evidence that Trump is emerging as a cult of sorts in Germany’s increasingly diverse far-flung scene.
“Trump has become a great savior for the Germans,” said Miró Dittrich, a Berlin-based Amade-Antonio-Foundation’s far-right extremist expert.
Germany – a nation usually backed by a government that has handled the epidemic in the best way possible – cannot seem an unexpected place for Mr. Trump to achieve such a position. Few Western countries have had more controversial relations with Mr. Trump than Germany, whose leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, the pastor’s daughter and scientist, is unlike him in terms of values and temperament. Opinion polls show that Mr. Trump is deeply unpopular among the broad majority of Germans.
But his message of disintegration – his uncompromising nationalism and tolerance of white supremacists coupled with his suspicion of epidemic threats – is spreading well beyond American shores, observers on extremism say.
In a rapidly expanding universe of disintegration, the message poses a real risk to Western democracies, he says, blurring the lines between real and fake news, allowing far-flung groups to reach beyond traditional constituencies Allows to expand and create possibilities of infringement radicalization.
The appeal of Mr. Trump’s political fringe has now added a new and unexpected element to German politics when the domestic intelligence agency has identified remote extremism and far-flung terrorism as the greatest risk to German democracy.
Authorities have recently reported a problem of far-reaching infiltration into the police and military. Over the past 15 months, far-flung militants killed a regional politician on its front porch near the central city of Kassel, attacked a synagogue in the eastern city of Hale and shot nine people of immigrant origin in the western city of Hanau Assassinated. Mr. Trump featured in the Hanao assassin’s manifesto, praising his “America First” policy.
In Germany as in the United States, Mr. Trump has become an inspiration for these fringe groups. Among them are not only the long-established hard-right and neo-Nazi movement, but now a follower of QAnon, an Internet-based doctrine popular among some of Mr. Trump’s supporters in the United States, who distinguished him as a hero and liberator Does.
Analysts say that Germany’s QAnon community, when the outbreak of the epidemic first occurred in March, may now be the largest outside the UK as well as the US, which analysts say are its most popular online channels.
Matthias Quent, Germany’s farthest expert and director of an institute that studies democracy and civil society, called it “the German’s trumpification from far right”.
“Trump has succeeded in attracting various mills, and that’s what we’re seeing here as well,” Mr. Quent said. He said, “We have everything from vaccine to Nazi-Nazi.” The common denominator is that these people are stepping out of the mainstream, raging against the establishment. “
Trump said, “There’s a guy fighting the liberal-democratic establishment.”
For some of the far-flung areas, Mr. Trump’s message has been particularly welcomed at a time when Germany’s homegrown nativist party, the Alternate of Germany, is struggling to exploit the epidemic of APED and its support Has been dipped by about 10 percent. , experts say.
Nationalist populists in Germany have long welcomed their own presence, as they see it, in the White House. Mr. Trump’s language and ideology have helped him.
AfD repeatedly contradicted Mr Trump, calling the approach “Germany first”. But the president is popular in more extremist circles. Carolyn Sommerfeld, a leading thinker known as the “new authority” with a close link to the extremist Generation Identity Movement, said she opened a bottle of champagne when Trump won the 2016 election.
The QAnon incident has added a new kind of fuel to that fire.
Followers of QAnon argue that Mr. Trump is fighting a “deep position” that not only controls finances and power, but abuses and murders children in underground jails that extract a substance that Keeps its members young. German followers say that the “deep position” is global, and that Ms. Merkel is part of it. Mr. Trump, they say, would free Germany from Merkel’s “dictatorship.”
The latest cover of the far-right magazine Compact, which has printed Mr. Trump’s speeches for its readers, had a huge cue and held a “Q-week” on its video channel, interviewing far-right extremists like Björn Howe Happened. Last weekend the streets of Berlin were engraved with Q flags and T-shirts and several banners with “WWG1WGA”, a coded brief for Q’s hallmark motto, “Where we go, we all go.”
Analysts say the difficult numbers are difficult to understand, with followers often having to subscribe to accounts on various platforms. NewsGuard, the US-based disruptive watchdog, found that across Europe, accounts on YouTube, Facebook and Telegram counted 448,000 followers promoting the QAnon conspiracy.
In Germany alone, the number of followers of QAnon-related accounts has exceeded 200,000, Mr. Dittrich said. He said Qlobal-Change, the largest German-language QAnon channel on YouTube, has been viewed more than 17 million times and has grown to more than 124,000 following on Telegram since the Coronavirus lockdown in March.
“Germany has a huge Q community,” Mr. Dittrich said, with new posts and memes dominating message boards in the United States immediately translated and interpreted in German.
Mr Quent said the traditional distant fusion with the QAN crowd was something new. “It is a new and spreading kind of populist rebellion that runs on conspiracy theories and is being supplied with ideology from different corners of remote ecosystems,” he said.
One reason for the QAnon conspiracy in Germany is that, Mr. Dittrich said, it is a good fit with local conspiracy theories and fantasies that are remotely popular.
One of them is the “Great Replacement”, which claims that Ms. Merkel and other governments are deliberately bringing in immigrants to eliminate Germany’s ethnic and cultural identity. Another is an alleged national crisis called “Day X”, when Germany’s current order would certainly collapse and capture the Neo-Nazis.
A third theory is the belief that Germany is not a sovereign country, but a corporate company and a region controlled by the global people.
This notion is known as the “Reichsberger”, or the citizens of the Reich, who were making a brief ruckus on Parliament on 29 August. He is not recognized by the World War II Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. Trump is counting. And Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to sign a “peace treaty” to free the Germans from his government.
Another reason for the proliferation of QAnon is that many German celebrities have become connoisseurs of the conspiracy, among them a former news presenter and a rapper and former judge on Germany’s “American Idol” counterpart.
One of the biggest celebrities to spread QAnon’s plot with more than 80,000 followers on the Telan messaging app is Atlee Hilderman, a vegan-celebrity-chef-turned-far-right-influencer. He made all the major coronovirus marches in Berlin, face masks, against Bill Gates and the Rothschild family, and appealed to Mr. Trump to liberate Germany.
“Trump is the man who has been fighting the global ‘deep state’ for years,” Mr Hilderman said in an interview last week. “Trump has become a figure of light in this movement, especially for QAnon, precisely because he fights against these global forces.”
“This is why the German national movement, or hope for the liberation movement, is basically with Q and Trump, because Trump is a figure of light as he demonstrates that you can fight these global powers and he is victorious. , “Said Mr. Hilderman.
“The Germans hope that Trump will free Germany from the Merkel Corona regime,” he said, so that “the German Reich can be reactivated.”
Mr. Hildemann’s influence became plain in June, when he sent a message to the US and Russian embassies in Berlin to appeal to thousands of people for help. In a span of a few days, 24,000 tweets were received by embassies calling on Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin to “free” Germany from Ms. Merkel’s “criminal rule” and prevent “forced vaccination” and “genocide” will do.
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has warned of the risk of far-right extremists using the epidemic for their own purposes. Last week the head of the agency, Thomas Heldenwang, said that “aggressive and disruptive far-flung elements” were the driving force behind protests over coronovirus restrictions.
But extremism experts and legalists worry that security services are not paying enough attention to violent capability in a mix of QAnon disinfection operations and domestic far-right ideology.
In the United States, some QAnon believers have been charged with violent crimes, including one accused of killing a mafia boss in New York last year and Joseph R. in April. Biden Jr. was arrested after threatening to kill him, who has since become a Democratic presidential candidate. The FBI warns that QAnon is a potential domestic terrorism threat.
In Germany, language reminiscent of QAnon was used in the gunman’s manifesto, which killed nine people with immigrant roots in the western city of Hanau in February.
“We have already seen that this conspiracy has the potential to radicalize people,” Mr. Deitrich said.
There are an estimated 19,000 Rachsburgers in Germany, about 1,000 of them classified as far-right extremists by the domestic intelligence service. Many of them are armed.
“At a time when some people are determined to destroy democratic discourse in all ways,” said Constantin von Notz, the jurist and vice-chairman of the Intelligence Monitoring Committee, “we have to take such an event very seriously. “