Yesterday, I noted that the Trump White House Holocaust Memorial Day Proclamation completely omitted any mention of Jews or anti-Semitism. Well, Il Trumpe et alia doubled down on historical revisionism (boldface mine):
The White House statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day didn’t mention Jews or anti-Semitism because “despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered,” administration spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN on Saturday.
Hicks provided a link to a Huffington Post UK story noting that while 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis, 5 million others were also slaughtered during Adolf Hitler’s genocide, including “priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, and resistance fighters.”
…Downplaying or disregarding the degree to which Jews were targeted for elimination during the Holocaust is a common theme of nationalist movements like those seen in Russia and Eastern Europe, Greenblatt said.
This is a standard Holocaust denialist trope: the Nazis murdered other groups, so the murder of Jews is, while tragic, not that important. It ignores the reality that the machinery of death was developed specifically to exterminate Jews.
Despicable. Just another day in the
Trump Bannon administration.