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September 15, 2016 5:51 pm

Trump’s Son Takes Heat Over Use of Phrase ‘Gas Chamber’ During Attack on Media

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Donald Trump Jr. Photo: Facebook.

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One of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s sons took heat on Thursday after making what some interpreted to be a Holocaust reference during an attack on the media.

In an interview with Philadelphia radio station WPHT, Donald Trump Jr. accused the media of aiding Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton throughout the presidential campaign, saying: “The media has been her number one surrogate in this. Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing. If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”

Criticism of Trump’s comment was quick to follow. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, told The Algemeiner that Trump’s words were “outrageous and inappropriate.”

“He should apologize immediately,” Cooper said.

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In a series of tweets directed at Trump, the Anti-Defamation League said, “Trivialization of the Holocaust and gas chambers is never okay. We hope you understand the sensitivity and hurt of making Holocaust jokes. We hope you retract.”

NBC News reported that Trump later said he had been referring to capital punishment, not the Holocaust, and that he normally used the words “electric chair” instead of “gas chamber” when making the point.

In a statement, Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller blamed the media for the controversy. “The liberal, dishonest media is so quick to attack one of the Trumps that they never let the truth get in the way of a good smear,” Miller said. “Don Jr. was clearly referring to capital punishment to make the case that the media continues to take words out of context in order to serve as the propaganda arm of the Hillary Clinton campaign — something that’s only gotten worse as Trump’s poll numbers have improved.”

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  • Jonah

    Outrageous, let me tell you what is outrageous. Obama giving buillons of dollars in currency to terrorists to facilitate the destruction of Israel. Mir Trump would have stated that his father is the only one between the Jews and future gas chambers that would be correct. The Palestinian flag is becoming the sign of being hip on our university’s they are being primed for the take down of Jews. If Trump is not elected with Huma at the wheel as Valerie is now Jews are going to be looking over their shoulder, they will be attacked, stabbed, their businesses will be burned, their children will be attacked, that’s outrageous…if you haves one scintilla of a brain left you should withdraw the statement you made about Trumps son…if you don’t your just a lefty, a left wing moon bat and you should be called out for your stupid statement by other Rabbi’s.

  • cr0ak

    “To the Rabbis and presidents of Jewish organizations: Get this right; Hillary is no friend of Israel. Every Muslim she will let in will not be vetted and very few are your friends.”

    Every Muslim she will let in will not be vetted and [s]very few[/s] none are your friends.

    There. I fixed it for ya. 😉

    • cr0ak

      Oops – sorry. I guess I didn’t use the correct HTML codes for strike-throughs.

  • Andrew

    The only anti-Semitics are the left wing, they support the Muslim regimes, they support BLM, they supported the Iran deal, they have shown to be anti Israel every step of the way. Their actions are totally anti-Semitic and anti Israel, but with the media who supports the left wing agenda any single comment from a Republican they try to do make it anti-Semitic, but when actual anti-Semitism is shown by the democrats they are silent

  • racy we

    Tell the press to cut out the crap. I knew exactly what he meant. I’m a child of Holocaust survivors who lost their entire families during the Nazi era in concentration camps and inslave labor camps. I’m the first to stand up and call out anybody that trivializes or denies the atrocities of the Holocaust. I, and others like me, understood exactly what Trump meant. Cut out the bull….. Focus on the real issues. To the Rabbis and presidents of Jewish organizations: Get this right; Hillary is no friend of Israel. Every Muslim she will let in will not be vetted and very few are your friends. Trump is not my first choice, but we have no choice. Hillary cannot be our next president. Four more years of Obama’s policies will damage the United States to a point of no return. We can’t come back from this.