Are we living in Nazi Germany? This was the question posed by President-Elect Donald Trump, after the publishing of documents purportedly containing comprising information about him collected by Russia.
In an enraged tweet Wednesday, Trump bashed U.S. intelligence agencies for allowing the leak of what he referred to as “fake news” to the public.
“One last shot at me,” Trump fumed. “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” The correlation perceived by Trump between the Nazi regime and the leaked information was not made clear.
“Russia has never tried to use leverage over me,” Trump insisted in another tweet Wednesday. “I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”
I win an election easily, a great “movement” is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Citing Russian government spokesman Dimitry Peskov, Trump said Russia had declared the report ‘A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE,’ and suggested, without evidence, that it had been paid for by his political opponents.
On Wednesday, Peskov described the documents as “an attempt to damage our bilateral relations. It is pulp fiction.”
“You have to react to this with a certain humor, but there’s also a sad side to this,” Peskov said. “Hysteria is being whipped up to maintain a political witch hunt.”
In response, the Anti-Defamation League released a statement from Jonathan Greenblatt criticizing Trump’s tweet. “No one should cavalierly draw analogies to Nazi Germany, especially the next leader of free world,” the statement read. “It is not only a ridiculous comparison on the merits, but it also coarsens our discourse and diminishes the horror of the Holocaust. The President-elect should apologize for the remark.”