German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s challenger, Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) candidate Martin Schulz kicked off his election campaign by bashing U.S. President Donald Trump. Schulz denounced, what he called, U.S. President’s “misogynistic, anti-democratic and racist” rhetoric. These latest comments follow SPD candidate’s earlier remarks in January when he called President Trump “un-American”.

Schulz was speaking at the SPD party convention on Sunday that unanimously confirmed him as party’s Chancellor candidate. Long-time E.U. insider Schulz is running on the slogan “Make Europe[-an Union] Great Again”. He served from 2012 to 2017 as the President of E.U. Parliament.

Bashing U.S. President seems to be the latest rage this election season. Earlier this year, Merkel’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble compared Schulz to Trump.

Six months ahead of the September Bundestag elections, Merkel and Schulz are running neck-and-neck with slightly above 30 percentage points each. Anti-mass immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) remains a distance third with 11 percent.

Germany’s public broadcaster DW News reported:

[Martin Schulz] took potshots at US President Donald Trump, saying that an election like that in the United States featuring “fake news” and the “denigration of whole groups of the population” had “no place in Germany.”

“A German chancellor can take a clear negative position” toward the US, Schulz added later in his speech, after praising former SPD chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s refusal to back the US-led war in Iraq in 2003.

With illegal migrants continuing to pour in on Europe’s outer borders, and Germany still reeling under the Migrant Crisis that began one and a half year ago, Merkel’s CDU and main challenger SPD are desperately trying to divert voter attention away from the real issues.

Merkel’s Christian-Conservative CDU and Schulz’s Socialist SPD run the coalition government that presided over the self-inflicted Migrant Crisis and the resulting chaos. Both of these candidates firmly reject the idea of putting a cap on migrant intake purely on ideological grounds.

The political establishment in Berlin might not like to hear the truth about unregulated mass immigration, but the reality has a way of biting back. Crime statistics published today by German magazine Tichys Einblick, once again highlight country’s deteriorating law and order situation in the wake of unregulated mass migration:

Nationwide police crime statistics are expected to be released in May, however the statistics from the first three quarters of 2016 show a clear trend.

In 2015 ‘refugees’ were involved in 208,000 registered crimes, making it a monthly average of 17,330 crimes. In first 9 months of 2016, there were 214,600 crimes, an average of 28,845 crimes per month. [Author’s translation]

Whatever the European political elite may think of Trump’s plan of building a wall along the U.S-Mexico border, he, for one has a plan. European leadership neither has a plan nor the political willingness to secure Europe’s outer borders.

“Immigration is a privilege.” Trump reminded Merkel during their joint press conference last week, “Not a right, and the safety of our citizens must always come first.”

With both Merkel and her leftwing challenger committed to open borders, Germany is ominously steering Europe towards another disaster.

Video: Schulz vs. Merkel – What are the odds? Report by German broadcaster DW News:

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