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Anne Frank Center Makes Chilling Comparison
The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a human rights group, warns of “alarming parallels” between President Trump and Adolf Hitler in a social media post.
Although the post never mentioned either Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler, the center’s executive director Steven Goldstein said the lack of actual comparison was absolutely intentional, in a statement to Newsweek:
“In a statement to Newsweek, executive director and tweet author Steven Goldstein points out that the tweet doesn’t directly compare Trump and Hitler. Hitler targeted and killed millions of Jewish, disabled and gay people in the 1930s and 1940s. Equating him with Trump ‘would trivialize the Holocaust,’ Goldstein says.”
However, the comparison was implicit, and meant to be. Goldstein said the post was not to “trivilaize the Holocaust,” but that it is “our moral imperative” to make this comparison.
“By the same token, it is responsible, and indeed our moral imperative, to point out parallels between actions taken by the Trump administration today and the actions taken by Germany in the 1930s before the Holocaust. 1930s Germany imposed a series of escalating steps of oppression, including demonization, discrimination and isolation of vulnerable communities, that evoke what we are seeing today. That comparison is just, and not to make the comparison would be a dereliction of our duty to ensure ‘never again’ to any people.”
Is The Comparison Just?
Here is a breakdown of the list the Anne Frank Center posted, with links to verify.
The President creates his own media.
He exploits youth at a rally.
He endorses police brutality.
He demonizes people who believe, look or love differently.
He strips vulnerable people of their families, jobs and ability to live.
He believes Congress should change its rules to give him more power.
The comparisons are more than valid. They are blatant.
The Anne Frank Center Defends Political Statements
Still, there has been some push-back against the vocal protests of the Anne Frank Center, with complaints that the group’s anti-Trump stance is politicizing the young girl for whom the center is named.
“You’re so political.” Folks, our organization is never electoral. But all human rights violations are political. The response must match.
— Anne Frank Center (@AnneFrankCenter) August 4, 2017
The Anne Frank Center has criticized Trump from everything from his demands that the US build a wall to Sean Spicer.
America will be great again when it stands for human rights again, rather than nationalism as a dangerous substitute. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
— Anne Frank Center (@AnneFrankCenter) July 30, 2017
But it isn’t about Trump, or the Republican party. It’s about the policies he espouses.
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“So help me God, if Donald Trump were a Democrat, I would criticize him with the same gusto,” Goldstein stated.
In the end, the Center is simply trying to uphold its one basic promise, the very reason for which it exists.