The left achieved poor poll numbers ahead of the federal election. Top candidate Janine Wissler now revealed on ZDF that her party wanted to use Sahra Wagenknecht’s popularity.
Berlin – The personal use of language is up to each person – you might think. Before the general election, however, the political staff often position themselves conspicuously on the issue of gender. Is it really such a political issue?
Armin Laschet doesn’t think much of gender personally, but it’s “okay, you can do it, you don’t have to forbid it,” the Union Chancellor candidate told dpa. SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz is against an obligation to gender in the state. And Sahra Wagenknecht judged for the left: “As long as parts of the party participate in discussions about lifestyle issues and gender language, that is, in debates that many people perceive as instructive, many will turn away.”
Survey values of the left before the federal election: “Is not due to gender”
Their top candidate Janine Wissler said on ZDF: “I don’t think it’s gender”. There is no connection with the polls of your party, so the co-party leader in the “summer interview”. However, she admitted there was a lot of room for improvement in the polls.
The left was in these last at seven or eight percent. Wissler and her co-top candidate Dietmar Bartsch had given a double-digit result as a target for the federal election.
Wissler said you could do both: make social injustices clear – but of course it was also about sensitive language. “But it is clear that you cannot change society through language alone; we have to change the underlying problems.”
Federal election 2021: Wissler wants to include Wagenknecht in the election campaign
The background is a debate that was initiated by the former parliamentary group leader Wagenknecht with her current bestseller “The Self-Righteous”. In the book, she accuses left-wing parties of alienating their core voters with gender, climate and organic food debates. A party expulsion process began against Wagenknecht in North Rhine-Westphalia at the end of June.
Wissler now made it clear that she wanted to include Wagenknecht in the election campaign. Wagenknecht is very popular, filling the marketplaces and reaching a lot of people via social media. “We have to use that for the party.” Wagenknecht asked the right question, how the left could reach more people – and represented the party’s election manifesto.
Left top candidate Wissler: “Have to overcome polyphony”
In order to be successful, unity is now necessary: “We also have to overcome polyphony to a certain extent.” Wissler referred to the left-wing demands for a wealth tax, a higher minimum wage and the retirement age from 67. For all these positions there are broad social majorities.
At the same time, Wissler defended the left’s no to foreign missions by the Bundeswehr. Afghanistan, where the deployment of the Bundeswehr had recently ended, has by no means become more peaceful. After this failure, why should the left of all people reconsider their position here? Asked the party leader. (dpa / AFP / frs)