Senator Marco Rubio, in an appearance on ABC’s This Week equated Secretary Hillary Clinton’s distinction that we are “at war with jihadists” and not all Muslims, to“saying we weren't at war with the Nazis, because we were afraid to offend some Germans who may have been members of the Nazi Party, but weren't violent themselves.”
DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called out Sen. Rubio for his remarks, saying in a statement:
“Marco Rubio, in particular, took the political rhetoric to a new low…by comparing Muslims to 'members of the Nazi Party.' It is outrageous to suggest a peaceful world religion with 1.6 billion members is akin to a political party whose leaders and members were bent on the destruction of Jews and other innocent people. Muslims have been the biggest victims of ISIS and other jihadist terrorist organizations, and a failure to recognize the role Muslims play here at home and around the world to defeat violent extremist terrorist organizations shows Marco Rubio just doesn't get it and isn’t ready to be president. That kind of rhetoric makes forming the necessary coalition we need to defeat ISIS even harder.”
The attack by ISIS on Paris this past Friday was reprehensible and horrific and should, as it has been, be condemned to the fullest extent by the global community. However, as Rep. Wasserman Schultz points out, this is certainly not a time to spread hateful rhetoric.
It is time for members of the Republican Party to stop using this Holocaust rhetoric. The Holocaust is not, and should never be, a political tool.