(JTA) – CNN’s Christiane Amanpour invoked the anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in comparing President Donald Trump’s dishonesty to the Nazi “attack on fact.”
Amanpour made the comparison on Thursday, Nov. 12, 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. “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.
Main Photo: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour said during a broadcast on April 3, 2019, that Haifa is located in the West Bank. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)