Donald Trump Jr. made a Holocaust joke with regard to the media’s treatment of his father today in a radio interview with Mike Stigall on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
Trump Jr. was comparing treatment of his father by the media to that of Hillary Clinton:
“The media has been her number one surrogate in this. 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 the thing. I mean, if Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now. It’s a very different system — there’s nothing fair about it.”
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The comments caused immediate reaction:
Pro-tip to Trump surrogates: If you don't want to sound like Nazis, don't make specious Holocaust references. https://t.co/WQXjyKWw6V
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) September 15, 2016
Hey @DonaldJTrumpJr: when your dad's campaign is associated with Nazis & white supremacists, maybe gas chamber "jokes" aren't the best idea.
— Pre-order Book #2 now! (@DaddyFiles) September 15, 2016
— ADL (@ADL) September 15, 2016
Trump Jr. later told MSNBC’s Katy Tur that the joke was not at all anti-Semitic, that he was referencing “corporal punishment”:
Trump Jr. tells @KatyTurNBC that his "gas chamber" comment is referencing corporal punishment, not in any way anti-Semitic.
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) September 15, 2016