Donald Trump Jr. found himself in hot water Thursday after he referenced “warming up the gas chambers” during a radio interview, which many took to be a tasteless reference to the Holocaust.
“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, on every DNC game, trying to get Bernie Sanders out of the thing,” Trump Jr. said in a radio interview on Philadelphia station 1210 WPHT. “If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”
The Anti-Defamation League as well as Clinton aide Evan McMullin were quick to lash out against the son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and decried his comments as anti-Semitic.
Trump Jr. later clarified to NBC News that his comments were meant to reference capital punishment rather than the Holocaust, which Trump spokesman Jason Miller reiterated in a follow-up statement.
“The liberal, dishonest media is so quick to attack one of the Trumps that they never let the truth get in the way of a good smear,” Miller said in a follow-up statement. “Don Jr. was clearly referring to capital punishment to make the case that the media continues to take words out of context in order to serve as the propaganda arm of the Hillary Clinton campaign — something that’s only gotten worse as Trump’s poll numbers have improved.”
As the Huffington Post points out, this has not been the first time that Donald Trump Jr. or the Trump campaign have been accused of perpetuating anti-Semitism.
As the group RightWingWatch noted, [Trump] has “posted an image to Instagram that included “Pepe the frog,” which, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a meme “constantly used by white supremacists” and “appeared on a radio show with James Edwards, host of the white supremacist radio show Political Cesspool.”
The Trump campaign has also been accused in the past of pushing anti-Semitic memes. Donald Trump himself got into trouble over the summer for tweeting an image of Clinton pasted over money with a Jewish star badge next to her.