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Christiane Amanpour under fire for comparing Trump dishonesty to Kristallnacht

CNN anchor likens four years of Trump assault on ‘fact, knowledge, history and truth’ to ‘Night of Broken Glass’ pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany

Honoree Christiane Amanpour attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Honoree Christiane Amanpour attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

JTA — CNN’s Christiane Amanpour invoked the anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in comparing US President Donald Trump’s dishonesty to the Nazi “attack on fact.”

Amanpour made the comparison on Thursday in the introduction to her show, “Amanpour,” which CNN calls its “flagship global affairs interview program.”

”This week 82 years ago, Kristallnacht happened,” Amanpour said in the monologue. “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 truth. 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.”

Amanpour came under fire for the analogy on Twitter.

“This is @camanpour on @CNN comparing Trump’s tenure to Nazi Germany. How the hell is this sort of prejudice tolerated on mainstream media? Third rate rubbish,” wrote Ben Habib, a British former European Parliament member for the Brexit Party.

Schoolchildren and others brought to watch the burning of synagogue furnishings on Kristallnacht in Mosbach, Germany, November 1938 (courtesy)

“Despicable. @camanpour compares verbal fact-checking of a POTUS to a Nazi pogrom in which dozens of Jews were murdered,” the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, a small group representing Haredi Jewish interests, wrote on Twitter.

Amanpour has not responded to the criticism.

Comparisons between contemporary politics and Nazi Germany have been considered beyond the pale by Jewish groups. An advertisement released in September by the Jewish Democratic Council of America that drew parallels between the rise of fascism and the Trump presidency was swiftly condemned by the Anti-Defamation League. But both former ADL direct Abraham Foxman and Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt said such comparisons are in fact apt.

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