The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) welcomed Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) timely apology for his unfortunate comment made on the Senate floor yesterday. In his apology Brown said:
I am passionate about fighting for the middle class. Ohio’s teachers and nurses and police and firefighters are facing the loss of their collective bargaining rights, and I think that’s wrong. But in speaking about this, I should not have mentioned the hostility of tyrants, like Hitler, to unions. I don’t want my mistake to distract from the critical debate in Ohio, and I apologize for it.
As NJDC has said repeatedly, invoking the Holocaust is never acceptable in our political discourse - from those on either side of the aisle. While the majority of this rhetoric comes from those on the right, we call on members of both parties to refrain from using this type of language—and we welcome Senator Brown’s apology.
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