Donald Trump has landed in yet another controversy, thanks to his absurd and thoughtless tweets.
A number of Jewish organizations have called out Trump after he said he was being attacked like people in “Nazi Germany.”
On Wednesday, the president-elect condemned intelligence agencies and blamed them for releasing an incriminating dossier, reportedly put together by a former British counter-intelligence official as part of opposition research. The report alleged that Russia has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” the president and Trump quickly denounced the accusation with a tweet:
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Also, during his first news conference since the elections in Manhattan, the president-elect stated:
“That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do, I think it’s a disgrace that information that was false, and fake, and never happened, got released to the public.”
The absurd overstatements were obviously met with a fierce outcry by the Jewish community.
“It is a despicable insult to Holocaust survivors around the world, and to the nation he is about to lead, that Donald Trump compares America to Nazi Germany,” Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, said in a statement. “The president-elect has denigrated our nation and its commitment to freedom on the eve of his inauguration. He must retract his tweet and apologize to survivors and to our entire nation.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, also said Trump’s remarks were inappropriate.
“ADL always has maintained that glib comparisons to Nazi Germany are offensive and a trivialization of the Holocaust,” he said in a statement.
“No one should cavalierly draw analogies to Nazi Germany, especially the next leader of the free world,” he said. “It is not only a ridiculous comparison on the merits, but it also coarsens our discourse and diminishes the horror of the Holocaust.”
The American Jewish Center also sent out a tweet:
We regret @realDonaldTrump’s use of Nazi Germany regarding the media - an inappropriate comparison that diminishes the horrors of that time.— AJC (@AJCGlobal) January 11, 2017
During his campaign, Trump continuously received support and praise from neo-Nazi groups, including from the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. The president-elect’s actions and rhetoric have made people draw comparisons between him and Adolf Hitler.
The Jewish communities have called out for Trump to take back his words, which he has not done as yet.
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