He said what? Donald Trump Jr. referenced the Holocaust while criticizing what he believes is the media’s protection of Hillary Clinton during a radio interview on Wednesday, September 14, and people are not too pleased.
During an appearance on Philadelphia’s 1210 WPHT, the younger Trump attacked the media for how it has, in his opinion, shown favoritism toward the Democratic presidential nominee, 68.
“The media has been her No. 1 surrogate in this,” Trump Jr., 38, said. “Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every discrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of the thing.”
“I mean, if Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now,” he continued. “It’s a very different system — there’s nothing fair about it.”
Politicians and public figures immediately criticized Trump Jr. for his insensitive reference to the Holocaust. Conservative independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin tweeted that the comment was “an unsurprising Nazi reference” that highlighted the “real Trump.”
The National Jewish Democratic Council offered a statement as well, calling Trump Jr.’s remarks unsurprising, but “outrageous” and largely problematic.
“With its allusions to the Holocaust, remarks such as these have no place in a presidential campaign,” the statement reads. “Yet, it is not surprising that the Republican nominee’s son would use such language, given the pattern of frequent dog-whistling to anti-Semites and that both Trump the elder and Trump the younger previously have retweeted postings from known anti-Semites. Both father and son should apologize immediately for this completely inappropriate and offensive reference.”
In July, Donald Trump came under fire after he tweeted — and deleted — an offensive meme of Clinton in front of a pile of money with a six-point star (believed to be the Jewish Star of David), calling her the “most corrupt candidate ever!”
The GOP presidential nominee, 70, later insisted that the error was in design and the allusion coincidental.