(This is an editorial written by contributing writer Sean Lang and his opinions do not represent the opinions of IR.net)
Trump has shown his ignorance on the topic of history yet again, when he – perhaps unknowingly – sided with Hitler’s Third Reich in Poland on the 6th of July, 2017. It may be – I would say not – excusable that he failed to continue with Presidential tradition when he did not visit the Warsaw Ghetto memorial, despite it being nearby. It is not at all excusable what he did next. Showing his ignorance – or rather callousness – during his speech, Trump stated the Warsaw ghetto uprising as having been “evil.”
The uprising of which he speaks, was when Polish Jews tried to fight back against the Occupying Nazi Army. This is either a disgraceful and pathetic display of historical ignorance or a direct and malicious display of antisemitism. (The latter of which falls in line with Sean Spicer’s view as a Holocaust denier.)
Thankfully this atrocity has not gone unnoticed. Chelsea Clinton has called out Trump on Twitter saying “wait what? Surely Trump meant the Warsaw ghetto (was station to Treblinka death camp) was “evil” NOT the uprising against the Nazis. Surely” The filthy taint of antisemitism and Hitler’s Final Solution is a topic that should be studied and, at the very least, understood by all. The information on the President’s notes could have been seen as immoral and incriminating with a moment’s checking. It would seem that even the honorable deceased are not out of the reach of Trump’s disrespect and contempt.
The question now is, did he state this on purpose to gain popularity among the Polish extremist and the American white nationalist? Or was it simply a fluke by an axiomatically ignorant 71 year old man with signs of a decaying mind? It should be kept in mind that this is not the first time Trump has seemed to have taken a lesson out of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. We will have to wait for an apology – if there is one – by Trump before more assertions and assumptions can be made.