Report: U.S. Commerce Secretary Meets Far-right Holocaust Denier

Chuck Johnson, who called Auschwitz extermination camps 'not real,' asked to meet Wilbur Ross in 2018 to discuss claims about alleged bias against far-right activists like himself on social media platforms, Yahoo News reports

File photo: U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross speaks at the 11th Trade Winds Business Forum and Mission hosted by the US Department of Commerce, in New Delhi, India, May 7, 2019.
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, met last year with a far-right activist who is a Holocaust denier, Yahoo News said on Tuesday.

According to the report, which was not denied or disputed by Ross, he met in 2018 with Chuck Johnson, a far-right activist who has called the Auschwitz extermination camps “not real” and disputed the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

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The meeting between Ross and Johnson, according to Yahoo News, happened last summer, following an email correspondence between the two. Johnson asked to meet Ross to discuss his false claims about alleged bias against far-right activists like himself on social media platforms.

In 2017, Johnson wrote that he disputes the historical fact that Six Million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, and offered a much lower number as his “estimate”. He also wrote, falsely, that most of the Jews who died in the Holocaust, died of disease - a common lie spread by Holocaust deniers.

Johnson expressed his agreement with other prominent Holocaust deniers, and added that the gas chambers in which the Jews were murdered, are in his view, “not real”.

It’s very unusual for a U.S. cabinet member like Ross to meet with a Holocaust denier. The Department of Commerce declined to comment on the matter.