‘Denying the Holocaust threatens democracy’
A new Washington Post editorial argues that anyone daring to challenge the election results is essentially similar to denying the Nazi Holocaust, the “best-documented genocide in the world.”
Authors Deborah E. Lipstadt and Norman Eisen wrote in an essay titled, “Denying the Holocaust threatens democracy. So does denying the election results,” they have watched the birth “another powerful disinformation mythology,” referring to the “false conviction pushed by Trump and his enablers” that the election was rigged.
“Call it democracy denial,” the editorial suggests.
Although the authors admit such a comparison is extreme, they assure readers that it was not made “lightly.”
“As students of history, we do not make this comparison lightly,” they wrote.
They go onto compare Trump’s challenged of the election to racism, claiming “[the president] and his cohort is openly targeting strongly minority jurisdictions with their false claims.”
The writers note a magnitude of ‘falsehoods’ to solidify their comparison to Holocaust denial.
“Also like the denial of the Holocaust, the sheer scale of Trump’s electoral falsehoods is staggering,” they wrote.
They then assure the reader that “Trump is not, of course, Adolf Hitler,” before stating that both “adopted the propaganda technique of the big lie.”
The authors then assert that their comparison will help people fight against “democracy denial.”
“We would not allow a Holocaust denier to speak on evening news programs or have free rein on social media,” the authors write.
“Old and new media alike should no longer give a platform to these dissimulations, starting with Trump’s.”
Unsurprisingly, Lipstadt, who is Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, has twice endorsed Barack Obama, so no bias there then.
In 2011, she told Ha’aretz:
“When you take these terrible moments in our history, and you use it for contemporary purposes in order to fulfill your political objectives, you mangle history, you trample on it.”
She also claimed politicians who invoke the Holocaust for contemporary political purposes are engaging in “Holocaust abuse,”
In September, Lipstadt argued it was right to compare 1930s Germany and what critics call Trump’s breaking of norms, while endorsing an ad released by the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) which compared Trump’s presidency to the rise of fascism in Germany.
Trump critic, Eisen, served as “ethics czar” in the Obama White House, and was an architect of the House Democrats’ failed impeachment push against Trump.
Eisen also founded a left-wing organization called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW.)
But despite the Post’s desperate attempt to frame a new narrative against discussions agsint the election, a large majority of Republican voters believe voting and fraud took place, according to a recent survey.
“The Washington Post is the mortal enemy of conservatism. When it’s to their advantage, they’re for it.”
“When it’s to their disadvantage, they’re against it. They couldn’t care less about the truth. They care about power, about controlling your life, and about dictating to you.”
The Post also printed a widely-condemned cartoon conjuring up Holocaust-era incitement depicting Republicans who “collaborated” with trump on contesting the election.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) was one of several to point attention to the “reprehensible” depiction.
“The Nazi-style depiction in today’s paper is a foreshadowing of outrageous attacks that will endanger our liberties and incite violence against the Post’s chosen political enemies,” he wrote.