CNN's Christiane Amanpour sorry for shockingly comparing Trump presidency to Kristallnacht when Nazis terrorized Jews
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour has apologized for shockingly comparing Donald Trump's presidency to Kristallnacht, an attack on Jews in Nazi Germany seen historically as the Holocaust’s launch.
A prominent Jewish organization criticized Amanpour for her remarks, made last Thursday on her nightly interview program that airs on CNN International and PBS.
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Amanpour, 62, had noted the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, an attack on Jews, their businesses and synagogues that happened November 9 to 10, 1938.
She said it was an assault on "fact, knowledge, history and truth," and that the Trump administration represented a modern-day attack on the same values.
"After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to normal," Amanpour said last week.
The American Jewish Committee’s CEO, David Harris, said it was odd that Amanpour didn’t mention that the Nazi’s targets that night were Jews.
While she’s entitled to her opinion about Trump, bringing up Kristallnacht represented a "misuse of history," he said.
Amanpour, on her show Monday, said she regretted any pain that her remarks caused.
"And finally tonight, a comment on my program at the end of last week. I observed the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, as I often do – it is the event that began the horrors of the Holocaust," she said.
"I also noted President Trump’s attacks on history, facts, knowledge, and truth. I should not have juxtaposed the two thoughts," she continued
"Hitler and his evils stand alone, of course, in history. I regret any pain my statement may have caused.
"My point was to say how democracy can potentially slip away, and how we must always zealously guard our democratic values," she added.
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