CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour compared President Trump’s first term to Kristallnacht, as commemorations of the two-day 1938 pogrom against Jews took place this week. During “The Night of Broken Glass,” Nazis set fire to synagogues, vandalized businesses, schools, and homes, and killed 91 Jews.
According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Kristallnacht was a turning point in the history of the Third Reich, marking the shift from antisemitic rhetoric and legislation to the violent, aggressive anti-Jewish measures that would culminate with the Holocaust.”
She began a segment on her program noting that it has been 82 years since Kristallnacht, which “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 truth.”
How could she compare this to President Trump’s tenure, you wonder?
“After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden/Harris team pledges a return to norms, including the truth,” she said.
The comparison led to widespread backlash against the CNN International anchor.
Third rate rubbish. pic.twitter.com/EG9eB9vQWo
— Ben Habib (@benhabib6) November 12, 2020
Despicable. @camanpour compares verbal fact checking of a POTUS to a Nazi pogrom in which dozens of Jews were murdered. Amanpour uses the book burning of Kristallnacht to reach this comparison thus ignoring the overall deadliness and human cost of the night. @CNNPR @PBS https://t.co/6HBi0nvKnc
— OJPAC (@OJPAC) November 13, 2020