Update: In an interview with "Good Morning America", Donald Trump Jr. stated, "It was a poor choice of words, perhaps, but in no way shape or form was I ever remotely talking about the Holocaust."
Though Trump has acknowledged that he made a poor word choice, this is, still, not an apology. He recognized his mistake, but has not expressed any regret to the people he offended or upset.
Donald Trump Jr. is having a rough day. After admitting that the release of his father’s tax returns would raise too many questions, he went on to later make an offensive comment regarding gas chambers.
In an effort to scrutinize those who criticized Matt Lauer’s interview with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr. said:
“The media has been her number one surrogate in this. Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest. But the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy [sic], on every lie, on every DNC game…If Republicans lied in the same way that Democrats do, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”
It would seem that Trump was making a reference to The Holocaust, the genocide led by Adolf Hitler, during which Jews were massacred using gas chambers.
His comment could not have come at a worse time, especially since his father’s campaign has been connected to white supremacists, and even former KKK leader David Duke.
Trump’s campaign has defended his son's statement, trying to pass his comment off as a misunderstanding. They claimed that he was actually referring to corporal punishment.
Trump Jr. said that he stands by his comment, as he was attempting to reference execution and that he usually says “electric chair” instead of “gas chambers” to get his point across, NBC News reports.
Of course, Trump’s campaign blamed the supposed “misunderstanding” on the “liberal, dishonest media” being “so quick to attack one of the Trumps that they never let the truth get in the way of a good smear.”
Unfortunately, neither Trump Jr. nor his father's campaign really sees the fault and insensitivity of the statement, and neither has apologized.
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