The Bavarian Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger received a lot of malice for an alleged self-praise on Twitter. So he posted a message from another user who praised him for his work – but without naming the author directly. This caused a lot of ridicule on Twitter.

Bavaria’s Economics Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Hubert Aiwanger caused a stir on Twitter on Friday with supposed self-praise. The Free Voters boss felt compelled to react quickly: He explained that he had only forwarded the relevant text – and added an actually somewhat older original tweet as evidence.

“Mr. Aiwanger, we need more politicians like you, with common sense and pragmatism. With an ear to the citizen. and not like many other unworldly in cloud cuckoo land! You are a fighter and have established your post as a bayr. Minister of Economics worked hard against resistance,” it said on Friday on Aiwanger’s Twitter account – without another author being recognizable.

This quickly brought Aiwanger a lot of malice and ridicule. “Crystal Mett already legal in Bavaria?” FDP Vice Johannes Vogel scoffed on Twitter, alluding to a recent slip of the tongue by Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU). Some Twitter users also quickly expressed the suspicion that Aiwanger could have a second account just to praise himself – and then he forgot when tweeting which account he was currently logged in to. Aiwanger rejected this: He “only forwarded it as others commented,” he wrote on the short message service. And also tweeted the screenshot of an original tweet with the Aiwanger hymn of praise, from a Twitter account called “Peter Müller”.