Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders invoked the Holocaust when criticizing Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim travel and immigration to the United States.
Sanders participated in a roundtable discussion with Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders at the Masjid Muhammmed mosque in Washington D.C. He stated, “We must never forget what happened under the racist ideology of the Nazis, which led to the deaths of millions and millions of people, including family members of mine.”
While I certainly think Trump’s proposal is immoral in principle and unworkable in practice, I don’t think it will result in more recruitment for ISIS and more terrorists as both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai have suggested nor do I think Trump’s proposal rises to the level of Nazism. As such Sanders’ remarks are equally as inflammatory as those of Trump.
Now if Trump had extended his proposal to Muslims who are American citizens, advocated that Muslims be stripped of their personal and commercial property and be forced to wear yellow crescents then there might be something to Sanders’ criticisms. But until such time there is simply no excuse for Sanders to invoke the Holocaust where it concerns Trump’s proposal.
If we want to criticize Trump’s proposal we only need to a) state it is unconstitutional, b) it would not stop Muslims who are American citizens for attacking us (as was the case with the male perpetrator in San Bernardino) and c) state that his proposal can’t tell the difference between Malala and the Taliban who shot her.
In short, Trump’s irrationality cannot be met with more irrationality.