A day after Hillary Clinton compared GOP candidates to terrorists, she has suggested an opponent’s plan to deport illegal immigrants is reminiscent of the Nazis.
At a press conference Friday in Minneapolis, Hillary was asked how she planned on dealing with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. “I’m glad you asked me that,” Hillary replied. Without offering any plan of her own, she immediately attacked a GOP rival’s plan to deport illegal immigrants.
“I find it the height of irony that a party which espouses small government would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort– including perhaps National Guard and others–to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces,” Hillary explained. Then she added an image which evoked the Nazis: “Round them up, put them, I don’t know, in buses… boxcars, in order to take them across our border.”
The picture Clinton paints of placing people in boxcars is a potent one because, during World War II, Jews were forced into boxcars and transported to Nazi concentration camps as part of Hilter’s final solution. Clinton’s choice of the words appears extemporaneous but not accidental. She mentions buses then pauses and adds “boxcars,” rather than simply saying “trains.”
A video produced by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department shows actual immigrant removal operations taking place using an airliner.
The “boxcars” statement comes just one day after Clinton made another controversial attack on her Republican rivals. At a speech in Cleveland Clinton compared Republicans to terrorists, saying, “Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States.” Clinton’s terrorism comparison was widely reported, though some observers wondered why it didn’t get even more media attention, given how extreme her statement was.
Allison Moore, national press secretary for the RNC, put out a statement blasting Clinton’s remarks: “Not 24 hours removed from calling Republicans terrorists, Hillary Clinton reached a new low today hurling Holocaust references at her political opponents,” she said. “Hillary Clinton may be getting desperate over her sinking poll numbers and growing email scandal, but that’s no excuse for this kind of inflammatory and extreme rhetoric.”
In July, GOP candidate Mick Huckabee used a Holocaust reference during a radio interview with Breitbart News’ Alex Marlow on Sirius XM Patriot. Speaking of President Obama’s Iran deal, Huckabee said, “he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” For making this reference, Huckabee was widely criticized in the media. He said later that “maybe the metaphor is not a good one.”