Germany’s dependence on Russian gas noticed by The Washington Post, after the newspaper slammed Trump for the same prediction

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The Daily Wire’s Cabot Phillips lambasted liberal fact-checkers on Thursday for reporting that Germany and other European countries were suffering as Russia cut access to its energy. He reminded his Twitter followers that such outlets had previously denied former President Donald Trump’s predictions that this would happen.

On Thursday afternoon, the editor of the Daily Wire published two images from two different Washington Post titles side by side and pointed out their obvious hypocrisy.

The first headline, published in September 2018, claimed: “Trump accused Germany of becoming ‘totally dependent’ on Russian energy at the UN. Germans just smiled.”

The second headline, from July 11, stated: “Europe braces for gas ‘nightmare’ as gas pipeline from Russia shuts down.”

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The Russians have recently cut energy supplies to European nations, forcing them to scramble to find alternative sources.

The Russians have recently cut energy supplies to European nations, forcing them to scramble to find alternative sources.
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Along with sharing the screenshots, Phillips wrote, “Thanks to the Washington Post for giving us one of the greatest Shot Chaser moments in recent history.” Obviously, he pointed out that the new headline admitted what the previous headline had been skeptical of in 2018 when it was said by Trump.

In a subsequent tweet, Phillips wrote: “Germany – which gets 66% of its gas from Russia – is now so power hungry it dims street lights at night, limits water use hot and closes the pools.”

“I wonder if they’re still smiling?” He asked.

To further illustrate his point, Phillips shared another image alongside the text of the most recent article. The excerpt read: “Austria, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands this week announced plans to prepare to resurrect old coal-fired power plants as gas supplies dwindle. The measures came just days after Moscow cut natural gas flows to several European countries.”

The article adds that the reduced flows “alarmed leaders who worried about energy reserves ahead of winter.”

Phillips provided further explanation, tweeting, “European countries, which banned non-green energy for the past three decades, are now resurrecting COAL POWER PLANTS just to survive.”

Phillips then linked to his Wednesday feed, where he called out other ‘fact-checkers’, including progressive outlet NowThis and CNBC, for challenging Trump’s 2018 claim at an EU summit. UN according to which “Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not do so”. immediately change course.”

In 2018, Trump was criticized for claiming that Germany would soon be dependent on Russian energy.  Turns out his projection might be right.

In 2018, Trump was criticized for claiming that Germany would soon be dependent on Russian energy. Turns out his projection might be right.
(Credit: WavyPeter/SplashNews.com)

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The NowThis clip that Phillips linked to featured Trump making his statement with comedic background music added to poke fun at the claim. The NowThis clip also highlighted the incredulous reaction of German summit participants to Trump’s statement, while stating that “Germany’s reaction to Trump’s inaccurate assertion is priceless.”

The video also cited CNBC’s report calling Trump’s claim “not accurate” and “highly misleading.”

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Phillips summed it up by saying, “Oh, and fact checkers called Trump’s original comment ‘inaccurate.’ “

In a follow-up tweet, Phillips shared a screenshot of an English Al-Jazeera headline that read, “Germany turns to coal as Russia cuts gas supply.” The editor commented: “What do you know…”

FILE - A Belarusian worker on duty at a gas compressor station of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline near Nesvizh, about 130 km (81 miles) southwest of the capital Minsk, Belarus, December 29, 2006. Polish officials and Bulgarians say Russia is suspending deliveries of natural gas to their countries starting Wednesday.  The governments of the two European countries said on Tuesday April 26, 2022 that Russian energy giant Gazprom had informed them that it was shutting down gas supplies.  (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

FILE – A Belarusian worker on duty at a gas compressor station of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline near Nesvizh, about 130 km (81 miles) southwest of the capital Minsk, Belarus, December 29, 2006. Polish officials and Bulgarians say Russia is suspending deliveries of natural gas to their countries starting Wednesday. The governments of the two European countries said on Tuesday April 26, 2022 that Russian energy giant Gazprom had informed them that it was shutting down gas supplies. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

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