ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt Would Not Call Joe Biden Out for ‘Goebbels’, Demands Trump Apologize for ‘Proud Boys’

Jonathan Greenblatt (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and its CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, demanded President Donald Trump apologize for his supposedly weak criticism of the “Proud Boys” — after refusing to criticize Joe Biden for comparing Trump to Nazi arch-propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

On Saturday, Biden compared Trump to Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels, a rabid antisemite and close aide to Adolf Hitler. Former Democrat state lawmaker Dov Hikind pointed out that Biden’s comment was a desecration of the Holocaust.

As Breitbart News reported on Tuesday, the ADL failed to criticize the comparison for three days. It only made a statement after challenged to do so by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), and failed to mention Biden by name.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the ADL and Greenblatt issued a series of tweets condemning Trump — for criticizing the far-right “Proud Boys.” According to the ADL and Greenblatt, it was insufficient for Trump to say the Proud Boys should “stand down and stand by.” As Breitbart News noted in an earlier fact check, it was moderator Chris Wallace who asked Trump to demand that white supremacist groups “stand down,” and Joe Biden himself who interjected the name “Proud Boys.”

The ADL and Greenblatt continued to tweet about Trump and the Proud Boys even after he told reporters at the White House that he knew nothing about the Proud Boys, clarifying that they should “stand down” and let law enforcement deal with left-wing rioters.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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