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Jewish groups ask Trump to apologise for invoking Nazis

Published Jan 12, 2017, 6:49 pm IST
Updated Jan 12, 2017, 6:50 pm IST
Trump earlier linked the reports about him to Nazi-era propaganda.
US President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo: AP)
 US President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo: AP)

Washington: US President-elect Donald Trump is under fire from Jewish groups who sought an apology from him for his remark comparing reports about him to Nazi-era propaganda, saying his statement was erroneous, offensive and denigrating to Holocaust survivors.

The Anti-Defamation League and the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect condemned Trump for what they characterised as trivialising one of the singular horrors of the 20th century to score a political point, The New York Times reported.


"Has he no sense of shame?" Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, said.

The Center is the American chapter of an international group that fights prejudice to honor the legacy of Anne Frank, the teenage diarist who perished in the Holocaust in 1945.

"The president-elect has shown the grossest possible insensitivity to survivors of the Holocaust before he even takes office," Goldstein was quoted as saying by the paper.

"Either he is completely callous in attacking US intelligence, or he is so ignorant of history that you would never want this man to be president."


Jonathan A Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti- Defamation League, said that Trump's analogy was "not only an inappropriate comparison on the merits, but it also coarsens our discourse."

Asserting that no one should cavalierly draw analogies to Nazi Germany, Greenblatt said it would be helpful for Trump to explain his intentions or apologise for the remark.

Trump made the offending remark on his Twitter account in response to media reports that Russia has a dossier with compromising personal and financial information about him.


"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?" he tweeted on Wednesday.

The American Jewish Committee tweeted back: "We regret @realDonaldTrump's use of Nazi Germany regarding the media an inappropriate comparison that diminishes the horrors of that time."

This is not the first time Trump has gotten into trouble with Jewish groups while making a political point.

Last July, during the presidential campaign, he was criticised for posting a tweet with a photo of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton next to an image of the Star of David and a background of USD 100 bills. The text read, 'Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!'