Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld doesn’t regret comparing Donald Trump’s draconian immigration plan to an infamous 1938 night when Jews were killed by mobs in Germany.
He made the fact clear to CNN’s Jake Tapper when the latter asked him if the analogy was “a little strong.”
“No, I don’t think so. I served five years on the U.S. Holocaust Commission by appointment of President George W. Bush,” Weld replied. “I’m absolutely certain that, as we said in those years, if we don’t remember, we absolutely will forget.”
Weld, a Libertarian VP hopeful, made his initial comment in a New York Times interview in which he compared the Republican front-runner’s proposed deportation policy for undocumented immigrants to Kristallnacht, often referred to as the "Night of Broken Glass,” when Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, destroyed Jewish homes, schools and businesses, and killed nearly 100 Jews.
“I can hear the glass crunching on Kristallnacht in the ghettos of Warsaw and Vienna when I hear (Trump’s plan), honest,” Weld told NYT.
Although the appropriateness of Weld’s remarks is being debated, it’s not the first time Trump’s immigration program, e.g. his plan to ban Muslims (along with forcing them to wear ID badges and closing mosques), has been likened to incidents that occurred during the Holocaust.
The presidential hopeful himself has also been likened to Adolf Hitler several times by critics. In fact, the similarities between the two political figures are so uncanny, even Trump’s own admirers sometimes can’t tell the difference between the two.
Even Eva Schloss — a childhood friend and stepsister of Anne Frank — said Trump is a reincarnation of the ruthless Nazi dictator.