The politicization of the Holocaust dishonors the memory of the six million. Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Assad to Hitler, and — to make matters worse — he got his facts wrong. He quickly and fully apologized. There was no hint of antisemitism in his historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. But his political enemies decided to exploit his mistake by pandering to Jews. In doing so, it is they who are exploiting the memory of the six million during the Passover holiday.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) issued a rebuke with the headline “We will not stand for antisemitism.” Its content included the following: “Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president.” By placing Hitler and Trump in the same sentence, the DNC committed a mistake similar to that for which they justly criticized Spicer.
Moreover, the DNC itself is co-chaired by a man who for many years did “stand for antisemitism” — namely, Keith Ellison who stood by the notorious antisemite Louis Farrakhan, while denying that he was aware of Farrakhan’s very public Jew-hatred. It is the epitome of Chutzpah for the DNC to falsely accuse Spicer of a sin that their own co-chair actually committed. In another display of Chutzpah, Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street — an organization that supports Ellison — characterized Spicer’s statement as “unforgivable.” I do not recall him saying the same about Ellison’s collaboration with a notorious antisemite. Indeed, Ben Ami quickly forgave him and continues to support him.
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