Internet trolls took shots at German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the fatal truck crash this week at a Christmas market in Berlin, saying there’s “blood on her hands."
Twitter user Eylin Tabbert, who was known for trolling Hillary Clinton throughout the presidential campaign, has now turned her focus to Merkel, according to Bloomberg.
“Blood on her hands: Merkel’s open borders blamed for refugee truck terrorist deaths,” Tabbert wrote on Twitter, and that wasn’t all she posted condemning the chancellor.
According to CNN, some see the alleged terrorist attack in Berlin, as a reminder of Merkel’s shortcomings, placing a focus on the consequences that have come with “her open borders approach to the refugee crisis,” a crisis that saw an influx of some 90,000 refugees in Germany in January.
Tabbert wasn’t the only one who called Merkel out after this week’s Berlin massacre, which left at least 12 people dead, the Daily Mail noted.
Brexit figurehead Arron Banks suggested that “Merkel might as well have driven the lorry herself,” the Daily Mail reported.
Banks reinforced the point in a Twitter exchange after a Twitter user challenged his earlier remarks.
Following the social media outrage, Simon Hegelich, a political scientist at Munich’s Technical University, told Bloomberg, “There’s a lot of evidence that there are now targeted attempts to massively attack Merkel, including with bots.”
“A lot of accounts that pretty obviously are pro-Trump bots are now joining the anti-Merkel debate,” Hegelich, who has also studied the manipulation of social media, added, per Bloomberg.
Merkel has welcomed nearly 1 million migrants into Germany since the start of 2015, and her approval rating has dropped to 45 percent as a result, CNN noted.
Despite the backlash Merkel has recently endured, she is set to represent her party in the German federal elections next fall, where she could end up taking office for a fourth time.
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