Ron DeSantis again claims German antisemitism is as bad as it’s been since Adolf Hitler’s era
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'A lot of it is done through the immigration that they've done to import people that have those views.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to draw parallels between today’s situation in Europe for Jewish people and the depredations of the Third Reich in Germany.

During a Monday interview on the Mark Levin Show, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate said that antisemitism is as bad as it’s been since the 1940s.

“You look at Germany, they have more antisemitism today than any time since Adolf Hitler. And it’s not because of a lot of the native Germans, a lot of it is done through the immigration that they’ve done to import people that have those views,” DeSantis said, eliding contrasts between the genocidal German government and the Holocaust it perpetrated and the comparative lack of power of those in the streets protesting the Israeli war with Hamas.

DeSantis argued Monday that “what Europe has done over the last 10-15 years is they’ve imported a lot of people who do not want to assimilate into those societies, who do not share the values of those societies, but are bringing their own culture, a foreign culture.”

The Governor has made similar remarks on the campaign trail this month.

During an appearance in Davenport, Iowa, the Republican presidential candidate warned supporters that regarding “what’s happening in Europe, you have more antisemitism in Germany than at any time since Adolf Hitler.”

“Is that just because the native Germans all of a sudden took a turn? No, it’s because of their immigration policies. They’ve imported a lot of people who are bringing that culture and those views with them,” DeSantis contended.

Indeed, he warns that current policy decisions will have far-reaching impacts, saying that “what’s going on in Europe, I think is going to cause them problems for the next 50 years.”

During that Iowa appearance, he lauded Arabic countries for not taking in Gaza refugees.

“Very few countries are as dumb as we are on some of this stuff. You know, it’s like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, all them, they’re not accepting any Gaza Palestinian Arabs from the Gaza. They’re like, ‘No, we’re not doing it because they’re concerned about how that can impact their country.’ So they don’t even, they don’t even contemplate it,” DeSantis said.

A.G. Gancarski

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  • Impeach Biden

    November 13, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    I’m willing to bet that most of those college punk activists couldn’t find Gaza on a map. Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok told them to protest and so they did with no knowledge of what they are really protesting about.

    • Florida's Dr. Bob

      November 14, 2023 at 7:48 am

      And R. Dion DeSantis had to be reminded Palestinians are Semite’s

  • MH/Duuuval

    November 13, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    It appears to me that the main element of German anti-semitism today is coming from the former East German Republic. These folks have never enjoyed the comfortable lifestyle of West Germans and feel cheated. They also feel left out because Germany let in one million refugees — many Muslims — and has assisted the refugees in adapting, while ignoring the putative needs of native-born East Germans.

    • Florida's Dr. Bob

      November 14, 2023 at 7:45 am

      I was in the “East” after the wall fell, and later as reconstruction and reunification took place. In those times, darker-skinned Germans literally fear for their safety as gangs of “motorcycle nationalists” from the west roamed their villages. My German relatives in Thuringia did “all-right, thank you,” thanks to massive development aid furnished by the re-unifed government.

      The irony embedded in your judgment is that a far bigger backlash developed in the former-West to the aid and care given “them” from the East.

      • MH/Duuuval

        November 14, 2023 at 2:37 pm

        I appreciate hearing from someone who was on the scene of reunification. My main sources of information on Germany are the PBS broadcasts of weekday news programming from the DW and from BBC/America. Also, from the print media in US.

        What role did the blockbuster revelations about the Stasi play after reunification?

        I continue to wonder if the one million migrants — many Muslims — encouraged the current wave of German anti-semitism.

  • Michael K

    November 13, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    Look to Hungary – that darling authoritarian wet dream of Tucker Trump DeSantis and CPAC – to see the toxic brew of white Christian nationalism fomenting in Europe, thanks to the above mentioned and “Americans” like Chris Rufo. Thank goodness Poland got smart and said no thanks.

    It’s also coming from the US and the new confederacy of DeSantis, which is why he’ll never be president. America rejects what he traffics in.

  • My Take

    November 13, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    No decent thinking American politician seeking the presidency would go near the rabid Levin show.
    And much or most of what DorkSSantis claims, he appears to have simply made up.

    • Fox Degenerate

      November 14, 2023 at 4:32 am

      Mark Levin is a degenerate.

  • Florida's Dr. Bob

    November 14, 2023 at 7:51 am

    DeSantis antisemitism(permitted the targeting Jews in Florida) is good, but antisemitism is bad. LGBTIQA+ freedom, dignity, and human rights is bad, but Florida Freedom is good.
    Speaking of Germany, the long-reviled German propaganda minister of the WWII-era, P. Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the current Florida governor, R.Dion Desantis. It’s Goebbels “Applied Propaganda II” at work in the 21 Century. It’s the same White(ish) Christian Nationalism, imprinting the the message: immigration and “them: and “they” harm our children, our beliefs, our values, our country.
    As usual, R. Dion leaves out a bit, especially about the USA origin of eugenics and the Jim Crow Laws, both of which were key to forming the base of 1930’s Fascism in Germany.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 14, 2023 at 2:39 pm

      Apparently the German Nazis were not only impressed with Jim Crow laws, but also the forced removal of native Americans onto reservations.

  • Kathy

    November 14, 2023 at 8:27 am

    How about Trump and his Hitler commentary right now. Ron is saying the same thing. He too has gone after those who he finds a threat. He took out 2 states attorneys, took over “ new college”, has the state legislature as puppets. The third Reich is right here in Florida marching toward trying to take over the whole country. We must stop them

  • Andy

    November 14, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    Yes, Little D, they follow you at your rallies no matter where you hide!

  • My Take

    November 15, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    In Germany it may be true antisemitism, a hatred of Jews.
    In America the term is so over- and mis-used as to be rendered almost meaningless. From the true hate all the way over to mere disaggrement with Likudist ethnic or ĺocal foreign policy. If you are Goyim. (If you are a Jew you are called a “self hater.”) By dishonest use, being called an “antisemite” in the US has lost its bite. Sad. Because there are plenty of real ones.

  • Tabuto

    November 19, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Let’s see DeSantis sanction Musk like he did Disney. If he has any interest in curving antisemitism that should be his first step.Oh wait he never denounced the attack of a Jewish student by Nazi protesters either. Instead he questioned if they were Nazi. People need to wake up DeSantis is a hater. The only top spot for him is the cover of Mad Magazine.

  • ssstik

    November 20, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Comparing current situations to such a dark chapter in history is a weighty statement. Understanding and addressing rising antisemitism is crucial, but historical comparisons demand careful consideration. It’s essential to work together to combat discrimination and ensure a more inclusive future for all.

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