Trump Jr criticizes Clinton 'surrogate' media with 'gas chamber' remark
Donald Trump Jr invoked Holocaust symbolism when criticising media that are supportive of Hillary Clinton and critical of his father, contending that if Republicans acted the way Democrats do, the press would be “warming up the gas chamber right now.”
The apparent reference to the Holocaust prompted outrage on social media.
.@DonaldJTrumpJr: Trivialization of the Holocaust and gas chambers is NEVER okay. https://t.co/jL2ZC9Z8pH— ADL (@ADL_National) September 15, 2016
Speaking to Philadelphia radio station WPHT, Trump Jr told presenter Chris Stigall how his billionaire businessman father has had to contend with a barrage of media bias against him.
“The media has been her (Clinton) number one surrogate in this [presidential race]. 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”.
In reference to the Democratic Party’s nomination process, Trump Jr said the Democrats had played a “game” with candidate Bernie Sanders.
“I mean, if Republicans were doing that they [the media] would be warming up the gas chamber right now. There is nothing fair about it,” he said.
Political lobby group, the National Jewish Democratic Council, have now hit out at Trump Jr for apparently alluding to the Holocaust.
“Donald Trump Jr’s reference to gas chambers is outrageous,” the group said in a statement.
“With its allusions to the Holocaust, remarks such as these have no place in a presidential campaign.”
The comments have created a stir online, with independent conservative politician Evan McMullin calling the comments an “unsurprising Nazi reference”.
An unsurprising Nazi reference from the "alt-right" movement's presidential campaign. This is the real Trump. https://t.co/HOUgRC8343— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) September 15, 2016
#DonaldTrumpjr just made reference to Dems "warming up the gas chamber". Mini-Trump is the #deplorable of the week. https://t.co/jnx0dSHg9R— Rod Lurie (@RodLurie) September 15, 2016
@Evan_McMullin@DonaldJTrumpJr not a Trump supporter but in honesty, I assumed he was making death penalty reference, not Nazi.— (((Julie))) (@julesvern97) September 15, 2016
Untwist your knickers. gas chamber = firing squad = electric chair.— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) September 15, 2016
He meant ‘ready to execute me’ @Evan_McMullin@HillaryClinton
Clinton and Trump are scheduled to go head-to-head in the first presidential debate on September 26.