The biggest lie

The White House has put out a statement in the name of Trump that’s titled On International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.

Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎ As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.

In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.

It’s interesting how generic “the victims” are. They are simply “innocent people” and “the innocent.” But the Nazis didn’t slaughter only generic “innocents,” as a by-product of war. Of course they didn’t. They slaughtered millions of very specific people, on purpose, to make them dead. They slaughtered all the Jews they could manage to get their hands on. They slaughtered Roma people, leftists, lesbians and gays, disabled people – all of them not tangentially but deliberately and because they were in those categories.

But Donald Trump can’t afford to articulate that, can he, not even in the orotundities of his speechwriters. Donald Trump can’t afford to articulate that because he engages in exactly the same kind of hatemongering and incitement that the Nazis did. Donald Trump can’t afford to articulate that because he has nothing to do with “love and tolerance,” he’s all about hatred and intolerance. Donald Trump can’t talk honestly about what Hitler and his gang did because his rhetoric and behavior and policies are much too similar to risk it.

This claim that he wants to “make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world” is perhaps the biggest lie he’s told yet.

H/t Stewart

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