Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden compared President Trump to a Nazi politician and propagandist on Saturday in an interview with MSNBC.
“[Trump] is sort of like [Joseph Goebbels]. You say the lie long enough, keep repeating, repeating, repeating, it becomes common knowledge,” Biden said.
UNHINGED: Joe Biden compares President Trump to Joseph Goebbels pic.twitter.com/GRYqN8UkTb
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 26, 2020
Goebbels was the Reich’s minister of propaganda of Nazi Germany and worked closely under Adolf Hitler’s orders to carry out antisemitic policies.
“The era of extreme Jewish intellectualism is at an end,” Goebbels said in 1933. Goebbels is also a murderer who poisoned his six children and took his own life when the Nazi regime began falling apart.
While many on the left have called Trump and his supporters “Nazis,” it’s a preposterous comparison that insults the memory of the true Holocaust, in which 6 million were murdered, many incinerated in work camps.
The Republican Jewish Coalition also condemned Biden’s comments as “demeaning,” claiming that Biden has “been in politics long enough to know this.”
“The rule in debate is that if your only argument is to call your opponent a Nazi, you have no argument at all. Instead of engaging in a debate on policy, Joe Biden has descended to name-calling and Holocaust references,” the statement read. “There is no place in political discourse for Holocaust imagery or comparing candidates to Nazis. It’s offensive and it demeans the memory of the Holocaust, the suffering of the victims, and the lessons we must learn from that terribly dark chapter of history.”
Biden’s accusation came in response to Trump’s claims that Biden promotes and enables socialism. He also claimed that Trump is similar to the Marxist former leader of Cuba who is responsible for the deaths of many Cubans.
“I think people see very clearly the difference between me and Donald Trump,” Biden said. “Trump is clearing protests in front of the White House that are peaceful, you know, with the military. This guy is more Castro than Churchill.”
The Trump campaign rejected Biden’s comments, telling Fox News that Biden is “desperately trying to distract Americans from his disastrous record and socialist policies.” The statement also asked Biden to defend his decision to host antisemitic speakers at the Democratic National Convention.
“Rather than launching preposterous accusations against the president, Joe Biden and his team should answer for inviting notorious antisemites Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour to speak at the Democrat National Convention,” said Ken Farnaso, deputy national press secretary for the Trump campaign.
Sarsour and Mallory have a history of antisemitic comments and even resigned from their board member positions for the Women’s March in Sept. 2019 over such comments, but were still granted speaking spots during the programming of the 2020 DNC.
Just a day after his interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, Biden claimed that now is “a time to de-escalate,” urging senators to “take off the blinders for just one critical moment and stand up for the Constitution you swore to uphold” during the confirmation hearings for Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
“This is a time to de-escalate,” said Joe Biden, 24 hours after he compared President Trump to Joseph Goebbels—a Nazi who aided the systematic murder of 6 million Jews https://t.co/FoidiZkIOj
— Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) September 27, 2020