Overwrought declarations that President Trump is just like Hitler and that his supporters are (actual) Nazis have become so commonplace that it takes extra effort for anti-Trumpers to be heard. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour took up the challenge and spit out the most vile accusation yet, comparing Trump’s first term to Kristallnacht.

Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, was a two-day pogrom that took place November 9-10, 1938. The horrific series of crimes committed by the SA (and by some German citizens) against Jewish people in Nazi Germany resulted in thousands of Jewish businesses, homes, synagogues, hospitals, and schools damaged or destroyed, hundreds of Jewish people slaughtered, hundreds more driven to suicide, and tens of thousands of Jewish men ‘arrested’ and sent to Hitler’s death camps.

Amanpour looks at this unspeakably horrific pogrom . . . and sees the Trump administration.

The New York Post reports:

CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour is being criticized after she compared President Trump’s four years in office to Kristallnacht.

“This week 82 years ago, Kristallnacht happened,” Amanpour said on air, Fox News reported.

Kristallnacht, literally the “Night of Crystal,” was a series of violent Nazi pogroms that heralded the Holocaust — its name prompted by the broken glass that littered the streets from vandalized Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues and homes.

“It was the Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide against a whole identity and, in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history and proof,” Amanpour said.

“After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to normal,” she said.


Note that this was not an off-the-cuff comment but was prepared, edited, approved, and loaded into her teleprompter.

The backlash against this outrageous comparison, and the deranged Trump hatred that inspired it, was swift.

From The Federalist:

It appears the real assault on “history” can be found at CNN, where pundits compare a presidential administration they simply don’t like to one of the evilest and most violent regimes in human history.

From the moment Adolf Hitler became German chancellor in 1933, Jews in Germany lived under oppressive Nazi policies that started mostly nonviolently. Kristallnacht was an important transition in history, however, marking the time when the Nazis moved away from nonviolent discrimination of Jewish people to far more extreme and lethal policies.

. . . . CNN’s gross comparison of its opponents to the Holocaust and what Kristallnacht represents in German Jewish history belittles one of the gravest human atrocities in recent memory, one that should be taken seriously and remembered solemnly.


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