I think it was just a joke, but you are absolutely right, maybe it isnt even right to joke about these things because we do not want to have this be considered a 'conservative' and therefore politicised reconstruction project. Beautiful art and architecture is for everyone, no matter their political persuasion.Why exactly should that happen? What would be the point?
On another note, I think things like these detract from the movement to reconstruct what was lost. It all gets intertwined with the conservative side of the politics, rendering it unattractive to a lot of people that lean left, which is sad 'cause all that matters is art and architecture, not politics.
"All that matters is art and architecture", I absolutely agree! The building is looking fantastic.