If you type Hitler and Trump into your Internet search engine you’ll see plenty of results come up of the flamboyant billionaire’s detractors comparing him to the Nazi leader who was hell bent on world domination. Among those who have associated controversial Donald Trump to one of the world’s worst mass-murderers are TV hosts Bill Maher and Glenn Beck, comedians Louis CK and Conan O’Brien, and NBA star Matt Barnes.
Add to that, some current and past Mexican politicians plus media such as sections of CNN and The Huffington Post. The comparisons have been made largely because of Trump’s divisive language and his attitudes on immigration.
But comparing the leading Republican presidential candidate to Adolph Hitler is “deeply offensive,” say Jewish leaders in Australia.
“Once again we see celebrities using appalling comparisons to Hitler to attack others,” said Dr. Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, according to news.com.au.
“There is simply no place for this kind of sickening distortion in our public discourse,” he said.
While individuals can have “strong opinions” on Trump, “Hitler and his genocidal actions should never form part of the discussion about the American presidential elections and no candidate should ever be compared to Hitler,” Dr. Abramovich said.
“It bears repeating again that these types of historically inaccurate comparisons diminish the profound tragedy of the Holocaust and are deeply offensive to the victims, to survivors, and to their families,” he said.
“Such ignorant posts only fuel the gross trivialization of the Holocaust.”
Hitler’s Nazi regime and its collaborators killed six million Jews, says the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Nazis also killed millions more people including Poles, Russians, Gypsies, Jehovah Witnesses, and homosexuals. The Nazis also murdered 200,000 mentally or physically disabled patients in its “Euthanasia Program.”
Watch this CBSN report about who have been making some of the Trump-Hitler comparisons:
Australia’s Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg is Jewish, and he has also panned the Trump-Hitler comparisons.
“Donald Trump has his detractors, and many for good reason, but to compare him with the evil Adolf Hitler responsible as he was for the deaths of millions of innocents is ridiculous in the extreme,” Frydenberg told news.com.au.
“It diminishes the Holocaust and a shameful chapter in the history of the world.”
Jeremy Jones, Director of International and Community Affairs at the Australia-Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, said it is very unhelpful when these sorts of evaluations occur.
“One, it doesn’t help people understand the contemporary phenomenon, and two, the historical circumstances [of the Holocaust] had particular and unique features which tend to be brushed under the surface [when such comparisons are made],” Jones said.
Peter Wertheim, Executive Director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said his organization opposes inappropriate Holocaust rhetoric.
“[The] Holocaust is generally recognized as the benchmark of the most extreme case of human evil,” and “deplores the inappropriate use of analogies to the Nazi Genocide in Australian public debate,” he stated.
Watch this Sky News report looking at Trump’s campaign in the below video: