ADL Calls on Trump Jr. to Retract ‘Gas Chamber’ Comment
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is calling on Donald J. Trump, Jr., the oldest son of the Republican presidential nominee, to retract an inappropriate Nazi reference he made in an interview on Wednesday.
“The media has been her number one surrogate in this,” Trump Jr. said in an interview on a Philadelphia local radio station as he complained that the media is treating Hillary Clinton far differently than they treat his father. “Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing.”
“If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now,” he suggested.
Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin commented on Twitter, “An unsurprising Nazi reference from the ‘alt-right’ movement’s presidential campaign. This is the real Trump.” Hillary Clinton retweeted it on her official account.
In a couple of tweets, the ADL called on the Trump Jr. to retract his comments, which caused an internet firestorm. “We hope you understand the sensitivity and hurt of making Holocaust jokes. We hope you retract,” the ADL said in a tweet directed as Trump Jr. “Trivialization of the Holocaust and gas chambers is NEVER okay.”
“Your comment about gas chambers is out of line. Trivialization of the Holocaust is never acceptable,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt chimed in.
Trump Jr. has been accused in the past for tweeting alt-right and anti-Semitic memes. gone down similar paths before. Last week, he posted a meme constantly used by white supremacists on his Instagram account as he pushed back at Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” remarks. He also appeared along with a white supremacist while giving an interview on a conservative radio show.