WaPo Columnists receive backlash for comparing ‘Trump’s democracy denial’ to ‘Holocaust denial’
Deborah E. Lipstadt, a Holocaust historian, and Norman Eisen, a child of a Holocaust survivor, wrote a joint op-ed in the Washington Post last Wednesday equating President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election “was stolen” to Holocaust denial.
The two columnists wrote that “As students of history, we do not make this comparison lightly: No lie could be as bad as denying the reality of a genocide. But democracy denial is bad enough.”
The President’s “democracy denial,” they added, has “an unmistakable racial tinge” because his claims focus on “particular cities with large Black populations — Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta.”
Nathan Lewin, a criminal defense attorney who has taught at Georgetown, Harvard, University of Chicago, George Washington University and Columbia law, criticized Lipstadt and Eisen’s piece in Israel’s Arutz Sheva Tuesday as both “reprehensible and revolting.”
In his op-ed, Lewin, who is Jewish and is open about his admiration for Trump for his continued success in creating Middle East peace, but is also “appalled by his extravagant narcissism and capriciousness,” writes that Lipstadt is renowned for standing up to Holocaust deniers, pointing to when she was sued in England 20-years ago and won her case against a Holocaust denier.
Eisen, Lewin also recognizes, for his expertise in legal ethics and his background as the son of an Auschwitz survivor. Lewin also points to the fact that Eisen was former President Barack Obama’s classmate in law school and later served in his administration as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic.
“Touting their Jewish credentials and Holocaust expertise and experience, Lipstadt and Eisen opine that contesting the results of the presidential election parallels Holocaust denial,” Lewin writes.