Earlier, Trump’s announcement on Holocaust Memorial Day failed to mention the victims of the Holocaust.
In a departure from predecessors on both sides of the political aisle, President Trump’s statement Friday marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mention the deaths of six million Jews — a lapse the head of the Anti-Defamation League called “puzzling and troubling.”
It’s the same sort of lapse that Republican Congressman Clay Higgins made when he filmed an Auschwitz selfie.
There’s one message Higgins doesn’t deliver. Though he talks about “poor souls” and “innocent civilians” and “slave labor prisoners,” Higgins never says the word Jews.
Nationalists in both America and Poland are erasing Jews from the story of the Holocaust. At the same time, they’re creating a new enemy. Trump painted Islamic extremists as an existential threat to civilization, asking if the West has the “will to survive.” On his visit to Auschwitz, Higgins painted the death camp as something that could be forced on America by Muslims—though he had a solution.
“Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down,” he wrote. “Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all.”