It was a foretaste of how the raw tone of the U.S. electoral campaign could also be coming to Germany.
“REVEALED: 1,000-MAN MOB ATTACK POLICE, SET GERMANY’S OLDEST CHURCH ALIGHT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE” shouted a January 3 headline on the U.S. right-wing news website, breitbart.com.
Loud as always, aggressive as always, all caps as always: This was, after all, Breitbart, the journalistic mudslinger that supported Donald Trump during the U.S. election campaign like no other media outlet.
In its German story, Breitbart claimed that a crowd of “more than 1,000 men” chanted “Allahu Akbar” and massed “around the flag of al-Qaida and Islamic State collaborators the Free Syrian Army.”
The message was clear: Jihad Terror in the Ruhr District!