Donald Trump gave a few remarks to show his respect for victims of the Holocaust, but it seems that he didn’t even use his own words to express condolences. His remarks had very similar wording to the Holocaust Museum website’s “Introduction to the Holocaust” page.
“The Holocaust was the state-sponsored systematic persecution and attempted annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazi regime and its collaborators,” a Monday release from the White House reads.
The museum’s introduction page is nearly identical. “The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators,” it reads.
The White House has had a tendency to downplay the horrendous nightmare that was the Holocaust. Two weeks ago White House press secretary Sean Spicer made a comparison between Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Syrian President Bashar Assad.
He stated that Assad used chemical attacks and Hitler didn’t. He also referred to concentration camps as “Holocaust centers.”
Two weeks after Spicer’s remarks Trump is set to deliver the keynote address for the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual Yom Hashoah remembrance ceremony Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Capitol Rotunda.
Every president since the museum’s opening in 1993 has participated in the ceremony.