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Ramelow scandal in "Trash Talk": "Candy Crush" at the summit and "Merkelchen" - he only admits one mistake


Bodo Ramelow lets his feelings run free now and then - spontaneous participation in an app talk now falls on his feet.

Bodo Ramelow lets his feelings run free now and then - spontaneous participation in an app talk now falls on his feet.

Update from January 24th, 7.30 p.m.:

Bodo Ramelow

apologized a

little late for his controversial

statements in the Clubhouse app

- but only related to one aspect: Just in the app, “a clever woman” pointed out his actual faux pas, tweeted the

Thuringian Prime Minister in

the evening.

“To belittle the name of the Chancellor was an act of male ignorance.

I sincerely apologize for that. "

Ramelow had named

Chancellor Angela Merkel "Merkelchen" in the discussion

round in question at the weekend


The criticism of Ramelow, however, did not end on Sunday.

Among other things, Ramelow's attempt to fundamentally defend himself against quotations from the “Clubhouse” rounds was criticized.

The prime minister “didn't get the toothpaste back in the tube,” joked the media portal



In fact, the app's terms and conditions prohibit quotes without the permission of

those quoted

- the well-known

media expert Daniel Bouhs

, however, also referred to the freedom of reporting in a tweet.


CDU member of the Bundestag Kai Whittaker

, however, referred to another posting by Ramelow - and said that if Ramelow needed more time for the game

"Candy Crush"

, he could be "helped": With a vote in the

state elections in September


The Thuringian Prime Minister had also reported in the ominous talk that he sometimes played the app game continuously during corona peaks.

Ramelow delivers app scandal: country chief plays candy crush at corona peaks - and calls Chancellor "Merkelchen"

First report from January 24th, 5:50 p.m .: Erfurt

- Thuringia's Prime Minister

Bodo Ramelow

has come under


with a talk chat about the

Corona summit


Chancellor Angela Merkel *



left-wing politician

had reported in the format of the new

Clubhouse app

that he was relaxing during the hours-long video sessions between the prime ministers and Merkel with the smartphone game "Candy Crush".

With regard

to later claims that he had referred to the Chancellor as


in the

panel discussion

, he told the dpa that set pieces had been taken out of context.

Ramelow after summit chat in the criticism: "Arrogance of power or official fatigue"

Thuringia's CDU leader Christian Hirte

accused Ramelow of disrespect and irresponsibility.

"Either it is an expression of arrogance of power or fatigue," wrote Hirte on Sunday on Twitter.

Fighting the

corona pandemic

is about life and death as well as the livelihoods and the future of a generation of students.

"Anyone who understands his office as prime minister in this way is losing the trust of the citizens," wrote Hirte.


Thuringian FDP parliamentary group

described Ramelow's actions in the corona pandemic as chaotic.

"Ramelow prefers to spend his time with daddling in the crucial deliberations," said the parliamentary manager of the Thuringian FDP parliamentary group, Robert-Martin Montag.

Ramelow defends himself after the clubhouse round: "If you talk about trash, it's trashy"


Welt am Sonntag

had previously



the 64-year-old's appearance in the clubhouse panel discussion


According to her, Ramelow said in the round on Saturday night that he could manage

up to

ten candy crush levels

at the

Prime Minister's meeting with Merkel


The dpa said Ramelow: "Some play Sudoku, others play chess or Scrabble on their cell phones, and I play Candy Crush." ​​For him, this is a way of relaxing.

With the sometimes ten-hour long

marathon sessions

with frequent interruptions, this is not a problem.

It is not a secret either.

The topic of the clubhouse round was "trash and features".

"When you talk about trash, it's trashy," said Ramelow.

If you leave that out in a subsequent debate, he thinks it's funny.

"If you turn it into something deeply serious, that it shows how politicians think when they are private - I find that difficult," said Ramelow, who is very affine for new media and likes to use her different channels for his communication.

Corona summit suddenly a topic in clubhouse talk: Ramelow in the middle of "trash talk"


is a social media app from the USA that is

currently experiencing a hype




You can use it to participate in roundtables, but there are also closed roundtables.

You cannot see yourself in the app because it is an audio format.

The group, which Ramelow joined, was organized by 19-year-old young SPD

hope Lilly Blaudszun

from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, along with five friends.

It was about celebrities, gossip, as reported to the dpa.

"Then all of a sudden Bodo Ramelow came along, completely unplanned." When he and other politicians were there, it was said in principle that this was no space to discuss political issues.

It was called “trash talk” from the start and should have stayed on the same level.

With a view to Clubhouse, Ramelow expressed

privacy concerns

because users would be asked to allow access to their contacts.

The fact that the app is currently only available for iPhone users bothers him.

"And it mustn't stay that way, otherwise it won't become my medium if it remains so elitist."

Bodo Ramelow: Thuringian head of state provokes a scandal in the clubhouse app - and is thinking of participating again

Despite the criticism of his appearance on the audio app, Ramelow can


participating in other such




"I also just accompanied two other numbers as a listener and found it really exciting to hear young people debating certain questions," he said.

Blaudszun wanted the discussion about Ramelow's contribution to be more factual.

Of course, his statements could be criticized, but at the same time one should also consider the role

journalism plays

on this platform.

It makes a difference whether a politician takes part in such a discussion or gives an interview to a journalist.

Everyone should think about what their own role is on the platform - as a moderator, they cannot take responsibility for it.

Ramelow in the criticism: Prime Minister tweets about the debate - and receives the next scolding


Thuringian Prime Minister

defended himself on


again on Sunday

- but again met with criticism.

"It would be nice if there were no more debates about pandemic response that lasted for hours.

Then I could use long car journeys or annoying party conferences again, ”he wrote in response to a solidarity tweet from his party colleague Stefan Liebich.

"Imagine the consequences under labor law of a" normal "employee who plays Candy Crush for hours during his working hours," was one of the responses.

Ramelow himself commented on the status of the corona pandemic via traditional channels over the weekend - and showed understanding for the impatience of the citizens.

"I would have liked to have been to my hairdresser's and my foot care long ago," said the left * of the

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung


He even believed that the risk in the salons was low.

But that is not the argument: “A main factor why we come to these lockdowns is also the

reduction in mobility

.” (

Dpa / fn

) * is part of the Ippen-Digital network


Source: merkur

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