CNN Under Fire for Segment Comparing Trump's Tenure to Nazi Germany

CNN has raised some eyebrows after comparing President Donald Trump's tenure in the White House to Nazi Germany.

The network's chief international anchor, Christiane Amanpour, made the comparison during her show's introduction on Thursday, prompting backlash on social media.

"This week, 82 years ago, Kristallnacht happened," Amanpour said. Kristallnacht, also known as the "Night of Broken Glass," occurred the night of November 9-10, 1938, when Nazis killed nearly 100 people and vandalized thousands of Jewish businesses and synagogues.

"It was the Nazis' warning shot across the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide against a whole identity, and in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history and truth," the CNN anchor said.

Amanpour continued, "After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to norms, including the truth.", which describes itself as part of a nonprofit foundation that "works to hold antisemites accountable and to create consequences for their bigoted actions," called on CNN and Amanpour to "stop using the horrors of the Holocaust to justify an agenda."

"Our suffering is not yours to play political ping pong with," the organization tweeted on Friday morning, along with a clip of Amanpour's segment.

Hey @CNN @camanpour please stop using the horrors of the Holocaust to justify an agenda.

Our suffering is not yours to play political ping pong with.

— (@StopAntisemites) November 13, 2020

The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council wrote on Twitter, "Despicable. @camanpour compares verbal fact checking of a POTUS to a Nazi pogrom in which dozens of Jews were murdered."

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter: "A glimpse of what so many of the people who control large corporations, the media and Hollywood really think. That the over 72 million Americans who voted for Trump are supporters of the modern day equivalent of Nazi's."

Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, retweeted a clip of Amanpour's segment with the caption "These people are truly despicable."

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee tweeted: "What a bigoted, ignorant, and utterly false statement. Will @jack @Twitter yank her off Twitter? In the meantime, it's not conservatives who are "making a list" to deny ppl employment, "mark" them for harassment or hate."

CNN did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment on the backlash over Amanpour's segment.

During her show, Amanpour added that "every day, Joe Biden makes presidential announcements about good governance and the health and security of the American people, while the great brooding figure of his defeated opponent rages, conducting purges of perceived enemies and preventing a transition."

She added, "No democracy can survive unless the majority of people at least accept the same set of facts."

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Christiane Amanpour attends the CNN Worldwide All-Star Party at TCA at Langham Hotel on January 10, 2014, in Pasadena, California. Amanpour and CNN are under fire for comparing President Donald Trump's tenure to Nazi Germany. Michael Kovac/WireImage via Getty Images