Bachmann's comparison of Holocaust to taxes brings Anti-Defamation League scorn

Incredibly, Rep. Michele Bachmann compared the Nazi Holocaust with the American tax code over the weekend.

Today, the Anti-Defamation League scorned her twisted moral equivalency, as well as a similar statement by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Here's the statement issued by Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, which was carried in newspapers as far away as The Jerusalem Post:

Bachmann got the optics of the Holocaust exactly wrong.
Bachmann got the optics of the Holocaust exactly wrong.

It is highly inappropriate to use America's mounting debt crisis as another occasion to invoke Nazis and the Holocaust, particularly on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time dedicated to memorializing, not trivializing, the six million Jews and millions of others who perished at the hands of the Nazis.

While we understand that there are legitimate concerns about the nation's debt, it does not justify invoking these kinds of Holocaust and Nazi comparisons. Rep. Michele Bachmann herself acknowledged 'there is no analogy to that horrific action' that was the Holocaust, but she should have refrained from drawing such a parallel in the context of remarks about taxes.

We hope that Rep. Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, and others will weigh their words more carefully and stop invoking this offensive analogy.

Here's how Bachmann completely misapplied the optics:

"We are seeing eclipsed in front of our eyes a similar death and a similar taking away. It is this disenfranchisement that I think we have to answer to."

Just to restate the obvious: The Nazi Holocaust and the American tax code are not, in any sense, "a similar death and a similar taking away."


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