ADL: Offensive Nazi Analogies Have No Place In Political Discourse

New York, NY, May 2, 2011 … Saying Holocaust and Nazi comparisons should never be used as political talking points, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned two recent incidents of inappropriate Nazi analogies invoked by current and former elected officials. 

During separate appearances over the weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee compared inaction over the nation's mounting debt crisis to those who said or did nothing about the rise of the Nazis. 

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement: 

It is highly inappropriate to use America's mounting debt crisis as another occasion to invoke Nazis and the Holocaust, particularly on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time dedicated to memorializing, not trivializing, the six million Jews and millions of others who perished at the hands of the Nazis. 

While we understand that there are legitimate concerns about the nation's debt, they do not justify invoking these kinds of Holocaust and Nazi comparisons. Rep. Michele Bachmann herself acknowledged 'there is no analogy to that horrific action' that was the Holocaust, but she should have refrained from drawing such a parallel in the context of remarks about taxes. 

We hope that Rep. Bachmann, Mike Huckabee and others will weigh their words more carefully and stop invoking this offensive analogy.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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