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ADL Condemns Trump's Comparison of U.S. Intel Agencies to Nazi Germany

ADL says Trump's 'use of Nazi Germany to make a political analogy is not only an inappropriate comparison on the merits, but it also coarsens our discourse and diminishes the horror of the Holocaust.'

Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, January 11, 2017.
Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, January 11, 2017. Seth Wenig/AP

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday denounced  President-elect Donald Trump's comparison of intelligence revelations about him to the Nazis as an "inappropriate" remark that "diminishes the horror of the Holocaust."

ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt issued a statement after Trump tweeted "are we living in Nazi Germany?" Later Trump reiterated the remark at a New York press conference.

The statement said Trump's "use of Nazi Germany to make a political analogy is not only an inappropriate comparison on the merits, but it also coarsens our discourse and diminishes the horror of the Holocaust."

Greenblatt also said that U.S. democracy served to  "invalidate any analogies between America and totalitarian societies."

"ADL always has maintained that glib comparisons to Nazi Germany are offensive and a trivialization of the Holocaust. 

"We have a long record of speaking out when both Democrats and Republicans engage in such overheated rhetoric. It would be helpful for the President-Elect to explain his intentions or apologize."