The scene is surreal.
Right in the midst of the most serious energy crisis facing Germany in recent history, the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was caught giggling with cavalier indifference live on T.V as he recounted his encounter with a baker struggling to pay the current high energy costs.
“Someone recently came up to me and said, ‘Mr. Scholz, I just switched my electric oven to a gas oven.’ ‘
I didn’t know how sad I should look,” Scholz said at the ‘Chancellor Talks’ in Gifhorn on Sunday.
Chancellor Scholz’s giggling statement caused a stir on social media. Many said the Chancellor was making fun of the concerns of his citizens.
Former CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak wrote on Twitter about the scene during the civil dialogue: “The Chancellor laughs at the people!”
Writing on Facebook, Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) politician Corinna Miazga said “Olaf Scholz laughs like Armin Laschet in Ahrtal!”.
Armin Laschet (CDU) ran for the post of Chancellor in the September 2021 Federal Elections and is widely believed to have lost in large part due to his inappropriate laughter during a speech mourning the victims of the catastrophic floods in the Ahr Valley in summer 2021.
The high energy prices were one of the main topics at the citizens’ dialogue. Scholz promised to tackle the high energy prices: “I just want to say, let’s do something now.”