Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who is campaigning to be the VP pick for the Libertarian party, has doubled and tripled down on recent comments he made comparing Donald Trump’s proposal to increase deportations of illegal immigrants to Nazi war crimes.
Last week, Weld told the New York Times “I can hear the glass crunching on Kristallnacht in the ghettos of Warsaw and Vienna when I hear (Trump’s plan), honest,”
Weld was referring to an incident dubbed “Night of Broken Glass” when Jews were set upon by anti-semitic lynch mobs in 1938 in Germany, Austria and parts of Poland, Czech Republic and Russia.
In an appearance on CNN Sunday, Weld was called out on the comments by Jake Tapper, who asked “Is that a little strong, you think, to talk about the Holocaust?”
“No, I don’t think so. I served five years on the U.S. Holocaust Commission by appointment of President George W. Bush,” Weld replied. “I’m absolutely certain that, as we said in those years, if we don’t remember, we absolutely will forget.”
“And you got to forget a lot of things to think it’s a good idea to round up and deport 11 million people living peaceably, most of them working in America, in the middle of the night,” Weld added. “No, not the United States. China, maybe. Not the United States.”
In a further interview Monday, Weld again stood by the comments, stating “It reminds me of Anne Frank hiding in her attic waiting for the Nazi sirens to pass by and evokes the memory — not the memory, I was not alive, but the notion of Kristallnacht.”
The Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson weighed in on Weld’s comments, noting that he would not have referenced the Holocaust, but admitting he did agree with the notion put out by Weld.
“What are we going to do? Are we going to go in these homes and take these people out of their homes? Come on. He made that reference. I don’t make that reference, but it’s crazy. It’s off the charts,” Johnson said in a CNN interview.
Trump has suggested that if he were elected he would build a “deportation force” to ensure that undocumented people living inside the US are removed ‘humanely’.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com