Reince Priebus, asked why Trump didn’t explicitly mention the Jews in his International Holocaust Remembrance Day comments, says he wishes they could “wipe (the Holocaust) off the history books”


On Meet the Press this morning, quite a bit of time was given to the fact that the White House had put out a statement yesterday, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, that did not reference either anti-Semitism or the fact that some 6 million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis, choosing instead to focus on “all” the “innocent people” who suffered during that period of history.

Former Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine, who was a guest on the program, said that the oversight was “not a coincidence.” “I think all of these things are happening together,” Kaine said, “When you have the chief political adviser in the White House, Steve Bannon, who is connected with a news organisation that traffics in white supremacy and anti-Semitism, and they put out a Holocaust statement that omits any mention of Jews.”

When asked whether he regretted the fact that the Jews weren’t mention in the statement, Reince Priebus, President Trump’s chief of staff, told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, “I don’t regret the words.” Priebus went on to say, “I mean, everyone’s suffering in the Holocaust, including, obviously, all of the Jewish people.”

Kaine, who spoke after Priebus, broached the subject of Holocaust denial. “Many Holocaust deniers acknowledge, ‘Oh, yeah, people were killed. But it was a lot of innocent people. Jews weren’t targeted.’”

I certainly don’t know what the Trump administration had in mind when they made the decision not to note the fact that 6 million Jews died during the Holocaust. I suspect, however, that Kaine is likely onto something when he says that it must have been deliberate, as they have access to the statements from previous administrations, all of which mention the Jews. And it could well have been the decision of Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, who, according to many, including his ex-wife, is an anti-Semite… Regardless of who is responsible, though, it looks bad for the administration, especially on a day when everyone is talking about their campaign of “malevolence” toward Muslims.

Given everything going on in the country right now, I probably wouldn’t have even mentioned this on the site, if not for the fact that Reince Priebus made a very unfortunate choice of words when acknowledging how terrible the Holocaust was. “If we could wipe it off the history books, we could, but we can’t,” he said. If you watch the video, you can see Chuck Todd visibly wince in response to the comment, which comes across like the honest confession of a Holocaust denier. For what it’s worth, I think it’s pretty clear that’s not what Priebus meant. He clearly meant to convey that he wished the Holocaust had never happened. That’s now what he said, though. He didn’t say, “If we could change history, we’d make sure the Holocaust never happened, but we can’t.” No, he said that, if they could, they’d wipe the Holocaust from the history books. Again, I’m not suggesting that it was anything more than an unfortunate slip, but it sent a shiver down my spine when I heard it, and I felt compelled share it here, for fear that, otherwise, the moment would be lost forever.

Here’s the video. Jump to the 11:25 mark.

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  1. Meta
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    People magazine:

    Hope Hicks, the Donald Trump administration spokeswoman, told CNN that, “despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered.”

    Other than having no mention of the 6 million Jews killed, the statement also failed to mention anti-Semitism.

    Instead, Hicks provided a link to a Huffington Post UK story that notes the 5 million other “priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, and resistance fighters,” that were murdered in the genocide, according to CNN. When asked if asked if Trump purposely left out Jews in his statement to avoid offending anyone, Hicks simply said, “it was our honor to issue a statement in remembrance of this important day.”

    President Trump’s statement is sharply different than those of his predecessors — namely Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama — who both had some mention of Jews or anti-Semitism in their statements.

    Read more:

  2. Eel
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    en TV veritas

  3. M
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    From The Advocate: “Trump Invokes ‘All Lives Matter’ Logic to Erase Jews from Holocaust”

  4. Merrill
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Are you sure he didn’t mean it that way?? I’m not so sure.

  5. Rick Cronn
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I take him at his word. He’s repeating what he’s heard behind closed doors. Bannon is evil incarnate.

  6. Donald Harrison
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand how they can feed anti-semites on the right wing while at the same time court/cozy up to Israel. Aren’t they playing with a powder keg? Then again, maybe they’re just juggling with lots of explosives and not so concerned with the casualties.

  7. Jcp2
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Do you not understand the requisite events for the rapture?

  8. Anonymatt
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Sometimes “Freudian Slip” sounds insufficiently Germanic.

  9. The Anne Frank Center
    Posted April 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink


    In his afternoon press briefing, Sean Spicer invoked Adolf Hitler in describing Syrian President Assad. Spicer said “Even Hitler didn’t sink to using chemical weapons.” Reaction of Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect: “On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicer’s statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary. Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once.”

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