On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. compared media coverage of his father to the Holocaust, saying that if his dad lied the way Hillary Clinton does, the press would be “warming up the gas chamber right now.” The comment comes hot on the heels of an Instagram post wherein Donald Trump‘s oldest son celebrating his inclusion in — as Clinton described the elder Trump’s fanbase — the “basket of deplorables.” In the photograph, he and his father are pictured alongside Pepe the frog, Milo Yiannopoulos, and others.
“They’ve let her slide on every discrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing,” Trump Jr. said. “If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”
The Anti-Defamation League weighed in to chide the younger Trump for making light of the Holocaust and called on him to retract his comment.
As outrage began to build, the Trump Jr. told NBC’s Katy Tur that his comment was “referencing corporal punishment,” and was not intended to be anti-Semitic. As NBC producer Micah Grimes points out, the gas chamber is a very uncommon execution method in the United States. It was used only 11 times between 1979 and 1999.