Jewish Republican group says Democrat owes Trump an apology for comparing him to Hitler

"Brenda Lawrence's comparison is rank Holocaust denial," the Republican Jewish Coalition said in a statement. "If she thinks President Trump compares to Adolf Hitler than she is denying the evil of Hitler and his Nazi followers."

Updated: September 3, 2020 - 11:15pm

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The Republican Jewish Coalition is calling on Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence to apologize for comparing President Trump's time in office to Adolf Hitler's rule during the Holocaust.

"Brenda Lawrence's comparison is rank Holocaust denial," Neil Boylan Strauss, communications director for the Republican Jewish Coalition, said in a statement provided to Just the News. "If she thinks President Trump compares to Adolf Hitler then she is denying the evil of Hitler and his Nazi followers.

"Hitler murdered 12 million people, including 6 million Jews. This further shows that Democrats have no real argument against President Trump that they can credibly sell to the American people. If they did, they wouldn't resort to leveraging the horror of the Holocaust against the President. Rep. Lawrence owes the President, her constituents, and the American people an apology, and she owes it to herself to get the education she needs." 

Lawrence discussed her visit to a museum in Germany with archives from the Holocaust during a discussion with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs on Tuesday.

"Something that was so powerful for me was what are the tools that Hitler used to convince an entire country to follow his hatred and his rhetoric?" Lawrence said during the virtual discussion on The Role of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations During Times Like These. "He attacked the media. He told everybody the media was fake, it was not real, because for you to be a dictator, the people cannot trust anything but what you're saying. In addition to that, he divided people; he took one part of the population and made them better, and everyone else were least, and they were wrong, and they deserved to be killed. They deserved to be stripped of their wealth. They deserved to be treated that way." 

"When you watch them," Lawrence continued, "the photos ... of normal people just celebrating this hatred that he was spreading — it just made chills go up and down my spine like, 'What is happening in America?' It's almost like he's following a book. And I'm sorry if you feel I'm an extremist, but it is not good, the direction we're going in this country. It has nothing to do with him being a Republican. It's his policies. It's his morals, his values. But we are going to keep fighting."

In response to the Republican Jewish Coalition calling on her to apologize, Lawrence provided this statement to Just the News through her office:

The African American and Jewish communities have a long, shared history of confronting discrimination and racism in the United States and defending one another. As the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations, I am fiercely passionate about the bonds between our two communities. My mission, and the mission of the caucus, is to form a bipartisan approach to address Black and Jewish shared concerns of anti-Semitism and racism.

We should learn from history to identify bigotry and racism whenever they threaten our communities. I have dedicated my entire life to the fight for equality and will continue to gather knowledge and insight from my colleagues and learn from past mistakes while continuing to combat stereotypes, confront the threat of white supremacy, protect election integrity, and counter hate crimes.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America, Anti-Defamation League and B'nai B'rith International did not respond to a request for comment. 

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