Five years ago, in 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel came under intense right wing criticism, domestically and internationally, for her willingness to accept hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa into Germany. Ishaan Tharoor writes the following in the September 4 Washington Post:

"Far right politicians in Europe seized upon the willingness of politicians like Merkel to open the gates to foreign - and mostly Muslim - migrants as a kind of betrayal."


Five years after the migration crisis. Merkel, not Trump.seems vindicated

As the above WP headline indicates, Trump was no exception to the far right criticism of Merket for admitting these refugees: Tharoor writes:

"Across the Atlantic, President Trump also joined the fray. In 2015...the unvarnished xenophobia of his pitch galvanized a right-wing base and lifted him to the presidency.

In power, Trump hardly relented, occasionally attacking Merkel for her supposed surrender to migrants. In 2017, he claimed that Germany's crime rate was on the rise because Merkel had taken in 'all those illegals.' The opposite was true - according to official data, the country saw an 18-year low in crime.

Now, new data disproves the hysteria of Merkel's anti-immigrant critics."

Even though Trump certainly did not see eye-to-eye with Chancellor Merkel's tolerance and respect for the human rights of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have settled peacefully and productively in present-day Germany, Trump's white supremacist views and policies on immigration are closer to those of another German chancellor - one who took office in 1933.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law