Monday, January 27, 2020

Germans Say Trump Bigger Threat Than Putin, Kim Jong Un, Iran?

                This just in: A recent YouGov poll of 2,000 Germans found that more respondents believe American President Donald Trump is a bigger threat to world peace than is Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, Chinese President Xi Jinping, or even Iran’s “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Putin just essentially had himself declared dictator and has been touting extraordinary new weapons, Kim Jong Un is a dictator and has been touting extraordinary new weapons, Xi Jinping is doing everything in his power to take over the world, and the Ayatollah Khamenei has been fomenting hatred and violence near and far. Yet, 41% of the poll’s respondents declared Trump the greatest threat to mankind, as opposed to only 17% who thought Kim Jong Un was. Only 8% named Putin or Khamenei as the biggest danger, and a mere 7% cited Jinping as the top threat. Germany is almost entirely dependent on Russian energy, so that may explain the Kraut’s reticence to criticize Putin, though we all know that they should be getting all their energy from their own wind turbines, solar panels, and other sustainable methods, such as harnessing the power of avalanches, yodeling and bicycle pedaling. 
                Most polling experts are skeptical of online polls’ veracity and prefer traditional polling methods. I myself don’t believe the YouGov poll is an accurate representation of Germans’ attitudes. Of course, that may be because I don’t want to believe that it is. I have always liked Germany—and the Germans I’ve met, with few exceptions. Therefore, I hope the poll isn’t indicative of reality. (And I wonder what percentage of Germans think Trump is a Putin plant. If those who think he’s pro-Putin also believe he is a bigger threat to peace than Putin, it would make less than no sense).
                Most Germans didn’t see Hitler as a threat, but as a savior. 11 million souls perished during his reign. If they truly now see Trump as a bigger threat than the world’s most brutal, power-hungry dictators, each of whom routinely sentence their political opponents to torture and death, it would be a remarkably sad day for The West. As an American once said, “You can’t fix stupid.” (Du kannst dumm nicht reparieren).

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