Obama’s multitude of misleading claims show that he is using discredited historical notions to further his political goals, historians say.
“Almost every president or his spokesmen occasionally make an innocent factual error or two about Jewish or Holocaust history; one shouldn’t read too much into that,” Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, told the Free Beacon.
“But for President Obama to put the Holocaust in the same category as what he called ‘the suffering of the Palestinian people’, or for then-Senator Obama to compare some American laws to those of Nazi Germany, misrepresented the historical record in order to advance a particular policy or agenda,” he said.
During a 2001 radio interview, the future president said that following World War II, the Supreme Court arrived at decisions on race relations that resembled “the doctrines of Nazism, that, that we [were] fighting against, that start[ed] looking uncomfortably similar to what we [had] going on, back here at home.
“It’s bad the president doesn’t know his history very well, but the fact his staff doesn’t is even worse,” said Richard Landes, a historian and professor at Boston University, who labeled the president as “ignorant of history.”
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