At the same time, the 67-year-old is receiving more and more support from his party colleagues. The debate about sexism in society is also in full swing on the internet. There, bruderle is also attacked for his allegedly attractive remarks to a "stern" female employee.
Aubenminister guido westerwelle (FDP) called on his party to show solidarity with its front man. For the man at the top, there is no more pardon among political competitors and "in some editorial offices". Development aid minister dirk niebel criticized "stern" journalist laura himmelreich, who had written the article. "I think it is quite impudent of the lady from the "stern" to write this article, who, after a year, having felt burdened, then, when someone takes over a new political function, processes this event," he said in the ZDF program "berlin direkt. "This has nothing to do with good journalism"."Waiting a year and then scandalizing speaks for itself.
Schleswig-holstein’s FDP faction leader wolfgang kubicki accused "stern" in the "bild am sonntag" of wanting to harm bruderle. But he advised him against taking legal action against the magazine. "As far as i can see, the article does not contain any false statements of fact."He wants to draw consequences for himself from the debate. For example, he would avoid speaking at hotel bars if female journalists were present. "Because naturally a loose and not successful remark slips out there already times. Now I have to expect that this will be used against me."