Biden to Appoint Envoy on Anti-Semitism Who Defended Comparing Trump to Hitler
Lipstadt once accused Trump of 'soft Holocaust denial'
Democrat Joe Biden is set to appoint Deborah Lipstadt, a Holocaust historian, as the new special envoy on antisemitism.
Lipstadt once compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.
Lipstadt notebly won a lawsuit against Holocaust denier David Irving, who sued her for defamation.
She accused the U.S. and Israeli politicians who compared opponents to Nazis of “Holocaust abuse" in 2011.
Lipstadt also called for analogies, a form of “soft-core” Holocaust denial for cheapening the Nazi mass murder.
She accused President Donald Trump of “soft Holocaust denial” following a statement where the Trump administration failed to mention Jews.
She then claimed without any evidence that Holocaust denial “is being spread by those in President Trump’s innermost circle.”
Lipstadt also defended a controversial video published by the Jewish Democratic Council of America showing Trump alongside images of Nazi Germany, which went against her earlier claims such comparisons were akin to Holocaust denial.
The ad was so provocative that even the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned it.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said at the time:
"It has no place in the presidential race and is deeply offensive to the memories of 6M+ Jews systematically exterminated during the Shoah [Holocaust].”
But Lipstadt defended the ad.
Lipstadt, who has twice endorsed Barack Obama, was tapped by administrations of both parties for her so-called Holocaust-related expertise.
“I would say in the attacks we’re seeing on the press, the courts, academic institutions, elected officials, and even, and most chillingly, the electoral process, that this deserves comparison,” she said in a video conference hosted by the Jewish Democratic Council.
“It’s again showing how the public’s hatred can be whipped up against Jews. Had the ad contained imagery of the Shoah, I wouldn’t be here today.”
“People ask me, is this Kristallnacht?” she said.
“Is this the beginning of pogroms, etc.? I don’t think those comparisons are correct."
“However, I do think certain comparisons are fitting … it’s certainly not 1938,” when Nazis led the Kristallnacht pogroms throughout Germany. “It’s not even September 1935, and the Nuremberg Laws” institutionalizing racist policies.
“What it well might be is December 1932, Hitler comes to power on Jan. 30, 1933 — it might be Jan. 15, 1933.”