WASHINGTON (Yaakov M / VINnews) — Kamala Harris’s Jewish husband, Doug Emhoff, appeared to draw a parallel between parents who speak up at school board meetings and the unspeakable hatred of Jews which led to the Holocaust.
Emhoff, the husband of the VP, has made combating antisemitism a primary mission. He made the comments Wednesday while discussing his recent trip to Eastern Europe during a discussion with Symone Sanders, a former aide to Harris.
Doug Emhoff compares "hate" at school board meetings to the Holocaust. pic.twitter.com/TkRjYdyMSA
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“I met one woman who was saved in the Holocaust in Germany, settled in Ukraine, and is now a refugee again back in Berlin,” Emhoff recalled. “This hate is interconnected,” he continued. “You see it in the discourse in the country right now. You see it in the divide that we have. Just going to school meetings you see that hate that is out there.”
“We’ve got to step up and speak out, and we’ve got to call out the cowards out there,” Emhoff added. “You can’t be in leadership if you’re not going to lead, and you can’t be in leadership if you aren’t going to call out things that you know are wrong — that you obviously know are wrong. And that includes not speaking out on anti-Semitism, but also not speaking out on trying to overthrow the government, trying to ban books — all these things that are ridiculous and that a vast majority of people in this country disagree with.”
Nicole Neily, President of “Parents Defending Education”, reportedly said that the rhetoric used by Emhoff dishonors the memory of the 6 million lives that were lost during the Holocaust.
In recent years, school board meetings have sometimes become contentious, when parents and activists push back against woke classroom education.
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Republicans have scrutinized the Biden administration over a controversial DOJ memo calling for the FBI to investigate threats against school board officials.
Neily added, “The First Amendment guarantees Americans the right to petition their government for a redress of grievances – of which parents have many, as a result of union-imposed school closures. Civic engagement is one of the defining features of our democracy, and those who choose to engage with their elected officials do not deserve to be mocked or vilified.”