This week, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour was rightly excoriated for using the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the November 1938 assault on Jews by the Nazis, as an excuse to attack Trump. She compared the term of Trump – the best friend Israel’s ever had in the White House and a man whose daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren are Orthodox Jews – to Kristallnacht.
It was more than disgusting political rhetoric, it was a reprehensible diminution of the horrors of the Holocaust. For four years, we’ve been hearing that Trump is an authoritarian dictator – one of those leaders who shoot reporters who criticize them and take over opposition media outlets – from reporters who had no fear of attacking him to his face on national media outlets that spewed opposition to him 24/7. I don’t think they know what the words “authoritarian” or “dictator” mean. And I know for darn sure that Christiane Amanpour doesn’t know what the word “Kristallnacht” means.