Der Spiegel urges Germany to lead global opposition to Trump

Der Spiegel urges Germany to lead global opposition to Trump
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The magazine Der Spiegel has called for Germany to lead global resistance to President Trump and his administration in an editorial published over the weekend.

“Germany must stand up in opposition to the 45th president of the United States and his government,” executive editor Klaus Brinkbäumer wrote Sunday in an editorial.

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“That’s difficult enough already for two reasons: Because it is from the Americans that we obtained our liberal democracy in the first place; and because it is unclear how the brute and choleric man on the other side will react to diplomatic pressure,” he wrote. “The fact that opposition to the American government can only succeed when mounted together with Asian and African partners — and no doubt with our partners in Europe, with the [European Union] — doesn’t make the situation any easier.”

In one of the toughest sections of the editorial, Brinkbäumer described Trump as a "pathological liar" and racist.

“It is literally painful to write this sentence, but the president of the United States is pathological liar,” he wrote. "The president of the U.S. is a racist (it also hurts to write this)."

"He is attempting a coup from the top; he wants to establish an illiberal democracy, or worse; he wants to undermine the balance of power,” Brinkbäumer added.

Trump's election has unnerved some U.S. allies, who watched some of Trump's rhetoric during the campaign with alarm. The speaker of the House of Commons in Great Britain on Monday separately said that Trump should not be invited to speak to that legislative body. 

Trump's executive order blocking travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States has also raised alarms. 

Der Spiegel last week by publishing a cover that depicted Trump as having beheaded the State of Liberty.

“[Trump] fired an acting attorney general who held a differing opinion from his own and accused her of 'betrayal.' This is the vocabulary used by Nero, the emperor and destroyer of Rome. It is the way tyrants think,” Brinkbäumer wrote in his editorial.