"Especially as a child of Holocaust survivors, I abhor the deranged partisan lunacy and breathtaking insensitivity for careless historian Douglas Brinkley to in any way resurrect, minimize, and diminish the monstrous Holocaust by comparing any aspect of it to an out-of-control protest where the protesters had no weapons and killed no one while 6 million Jews were massacred," ZOA President Morton Klein wrote in a pointed statement he shared on Twitter.
Klein declared that such comparisons should be branded "hate speech" and called for Brinkley to apologize.
"I, from my home, and my murdered aunts, uncles and grandparents from their graves, demand a profuse apology, and I urge all Holocaust scholars, Jewish leaders, and rabbis to join this demand of a heartfelt apology from careless negligent historian Brinkley," Klein's statement concluded, as per Breitbart writer Joshua Klein.
Brinkley, during an appearance on MSNBC on Jan. 6, compared the storming of the Capitol to 9/11 and the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. "We have film footage of what happened on Jan. 6, we have proof," Brinkley told MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin. "[Former President] Dwight Eisenhower, during World War II, made sure all the Holocaust camps were filmed — so we've got the film footage." "I think it is like Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor — it is like the 9/11 tragedy," he added.
This comes as the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol accused Rep. Jim Jordan of backtracking on his commitment to cooperate after the Ohio Republican said Sunday he would refuse to appear before the panel voluntarily.
“Mr. Jordan has previously said that he would cooperate with the committee’s investigation, but it now appears that the Trump team has persuaded him to try to hide the facts and circumstances of January 6th. The Select Committee will respond to this letter in more detail in the coming days and will consider appropriate next steps,” a committee spokesperson said Monday.
Jordan previously said he has “nothing to hide” about his actions surrounding Jan. 6.
In a four-page letter sent to the Committee Sunday night, Jordan said he has “no relevant information” that would assist the Committee’s investigation.
The panel requested Jordan’s assistance in a December 22 letter geared toward learning more about the lawmaker’s communications with former President Trump. Notably, Jordan has acknowledged he spoke with Trump that day.