On Tuesday, a German business lobby group defended a divisive advertisement in which Greens Chancellor Candidate Annalena Baerbock is depicted as a biblical Moses clutching two tablets, with the phrase “Annalena and the 10 Bans.”
INSM, a lobbying group, is attacking the Greens’ proposals to encourage Germans to drive electric cars and take trains instead of flying domestically. However, its portrayal of Baerbock as Moses has sparked outrage and anti-Semitic charges.
Since then, Baerbock has been the target of numerous internet attacks, including a viral photo purporting to show her naked. In actuality, the image was of a Russian glamour girl.
“Why we don’t need a state religion,” says the June 10 campaign post on INSM’s website, adding, “Green bans don’t take us to the promised land.”
Despite criticism in German media over its portrayal of Baerbock, a 40-year-old London School of Economics alumna and mother of two, INSM, which is funded by the metal and electrical industries, has preserved the post on its website.
Baerbock lost her train of thought during a conference speech and, as she exited the stage, shouted a profanity while her microphone was still on.
The defeat came after a terrible few weeks for the Greens, which included a regional election failure, a bonus payment scandal, and a controversial recommendation that Germany equip Ukraine.
According to an INSA poll released on Monday, support for the Greens has dropped to 19.5 percent, trailing Merkel’s conservative alliance’s 27.5 percent. Merkel has decided not to run for re-election in September.