Erie County, New York Republican County Executive Chris Collins is apologizing for comparing Orthodox Jewish New York State Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver to Adolf Hitler.
An upstate Republican who’s eying a run for governor has compared Shelly Silver, the Orthodox Jewish speaker of the state Assembly, with Adolf Hitler and the anti-Christ.
And now Erie County Executive Chris Collins says he’s really, really sorry.
The slur came during a speech Saturday night to fellow Republicans in Buffalo, while slamming Albany’s notorious “three men in a room” budget process – in which the governor and legislative leaders make deals in private.
Collins referenced famed French seer Nostradamus’ prediction that there would be three anti-Christs before the Apocalypse.
He said it’s generally accepted the first was Napoleon and the second Hitler.
He said he was “pretty sure” the third is Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, two attendees at the Erie County GOP’s annual fall fund-raiser at the Adam’s Mark Hotel said.
“No one clapped. No one cheered. No one laughed,” said a Western New York Republican who was at the event. “I know I didn’t. I thought it was a little harsh to be calling someone an anti-Christ.”
Through his spokesman, Collins said he had made a “poor joke” and extended his “sincerest apologies” to Silver.
“While we may disagree strongly on policy matters, my statement had no place in our political discourse and I am truly sorry to both the speaker and to anyone else who I may have offended,” Collins said. Source: NY Daily News via Yeshiva World News
Definitely the best part about this story is the “Western New York Republican who was condemning the comparison to the Anti-Christ, but didn’t mention the Hitler reference. I guess that one was OK…
I’m not one to think that it is somehow doubly worse to compare a Jew to Hitler. I think pretty much all of these analogies are equally bad, regardless of the subject of the analogy. That said, from a perception standpoint, if you are going to compare someone to Hitler, you have got to be really fucking stupid if that person is an Orthodox Jew.
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