The journalist Franca Lehfeldt (33) has been working for the news channel Welt since last year. Recently, however, the wife of the FDP leader Christian Lindner (44) caused a stir. During her moderation on Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, there was a slip of the tongue.
She explained that 78 years ago the “Red Army Faction” liberated the survivors of the German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. But actually Lehfeldt meant the Red Army, as the soldiers of the former Soviet Union were called. The Red Army Faction, or RAF for short, was a left-wing extremist terrorist organization that emerged in the 1970s. She was responsible for around 30 murders, including the murder of the employer president at the time, Hanns Martin Schleyer.
Your false moderation quickly spread on social media – many users made fun of Lehfeldt. There were also tasteless insults. “That’s not a slip of the tongue, that’s stupid,” wrote one Twitter user. Another raged: “Stop looking for the victim role with the stupid sexism mimimi.” In addition, Lehfeldt was insulted by a user as “Lindner’s rhetorically inferior wife”.
The 33-year-old has now commented on the incident via Twitter. “I made a promise when I was a moderator. This shouldn’t happen in live situations, but unfortunately it is. People make mistakes,” she begins her tweet. At the same time, she makes it clear: “There followed a disproportionate wave of malice and, above all, sexism. I wonder what goes on in minds that participate.”
German Finance Minister Christian Lindner married Franca Lehfeldt in July 2022. The two have been a couple since 2018. Lehfeldt worked for RTL News for a long time, as chief reporter for Politik Magazine. She is also the chief reporter at the Welt television station.
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