Hillary Clinton was accused by some of making an inappropriate reference to the Holocaust Friday in a remark about some Republican immigration reform plans.
During a press conference at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in Minneapolis, Clinton was asked how she would handle the issue of illegal immigrants currently residing in the U.S.
“Well, I’m glad you asked me that, because I know that there are some on the other side who are seriously advocating to deport 11, 12 million people who are working here,” Clinton said.
“I find it the height of irony that a party which espouses small government would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort, including, perhaps, the National Guard and others to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their work places, round them up, put them, I don’t know, in buses, boxcars in order to take them across our border,” the Democratic presidential candidate said. ”I just find that not only absurd but appalling.”
Watch the comment (via MSNBC via Mediaite):
CNN reported that Clinton’s traveling press secretary Nick Merrill denied the “boxcar” terminology being a reference to the Holocaust and noted that Jeb Bush, a GOP presidential candidate, used the same word to also describe the deportation of illegal immigrants.
“I don’t think our country is going to be the kind of country that puts people on boxcars and sends them away,” Bush said in late June.
Allison Moore, press secretary for the Republican National Convention, told the U.K.’s Daily Mail Online that Clinton “reached a new low today hurling Holocaust references at her political opponents.”
“Hillary Clinton may be getting desperate over her sinking poll numbers and growing email scandal, but that’s no excuse for this kind of inflammatory and extreme rhetoric,” Moore said, according to the Mail Online.
In July, Clinton criticized GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s reference to the Holocaust, made while discussing the Iran nuke deal.