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RJC: Beto, Don’t Use the Holocaust for Political Points

Washington, DC (April 5, 2019) -- The Republican Jewish Coalition responded today to a report that Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke likened the Trump administration to the Third Reich.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:

Beto O’Rourke should be embarrassed to resort to Nazi name-calling against President Trump instead of putting forward serious ideas for voters to consider.

We’ve seen far too much of this from Democratic politicians in recent weeks. In January it was Rep. Hank Johson (D-GA) and last month it was Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) who compared President Trump to Hitler. This has to stop.

These comparisons demean the memories of the six million Jews lost in the Holocaust and the sacrifices of America’s Greatest Generation, who fought a bloody war to stop Nazism. Politicians who use these comparisons reduce the real horrors of the Holocaust and Nazism into empty, meaningless insults.

The Republican Jewish Coalition has said for many years that Holocaust imagery and Nazi comparisons have no place in today’s political discourse. We have spoken out whenever anyone, on either side of the political aisle, uses Holocaust imagery or Nazi comparisons to score political points. O’Rourke is the latest example and, we hope, the last.