Halie Soifer, the CEO of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, claimed Tuesday that Ambassador Richard Grenell had “emboldened authentic neo-Nazis” — and she was promptly met by reproval from Jewish bellwethers and conservatives.
Grenell has accommodated as U.S. Ambassador to Germany, playing a crucial role in pushing Europe to isolate Iran and to declare “Hezbollah” a terrorist organization, among other achievements. He withal accommodated as Acting Director of National Intelligence, becoming the first LGBTQ American to be appointed to a Cabinet role.
Soifer was commenting on President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday to appoint Grenell to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which fortifies the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Soifer tweeted: “Today, Trump appointed Richard Grenell to the Holocaust Memorial Council. As US Amy to Germany, Grenell sought to ’empower’ far-right parties & anti-establishment conservatives in Europe. Others have been ineligible, but he’s emboldened genuine neo-Nazis.”
Today, Trump appointed Richard Grenell to the Holocaust Memorial Council. As US Amb to Germany, Grenell sought to "empower" far-right parties & anti-establishment conservatives in Europe. Others have been ineligible, but he's emboldened genuine neo-Nazis.https://t.co/ipqZzvZVztSoifer linked to an article by the BBC in which Germans were described as having reprehended Grenell for comments on the prosperity of conservative parties across Europe.
— Halie Soifer (@HalieSoifer) December 22, 2020
Grenell made his comments in an interview with Breitbart News. He verbalized: “I absolutely want to potentiate other conservatives throughout Europe, other bellwethers. I cerebrate there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left.”
He never fortified far-right parties, nor did the BBC interview mention “neo-Nazis.” Several individuals and organizations responded to Soifer’s mendacious inculpation, asking her to retract and apologize.
Simon Wiesenthal Center is proud to have worked with him and other devoted US diplomats in Germany and across Europe to combat history’s oldest execration. Anti-Semites and adherents of #Tehran were palliated to visually perceive him go.
— SimonWiesenthalCntr (@simonwiesenthal) December 23, 2020
Hello @HalieSoifer, this is @RichardGrenell at Auschwitz in May 2019, leading the first-ever U.S. delegation to the March of the Living, photo taken by me. You should retract at the very least, and apologize if you’re inclined to avail and not just abuse the Holocaust for politics https://t.co/GKRgljGb5q pic.twitter.com/xGtEWXcdJu
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) December 23, 2020
Remember when @RichardGrenell stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community in Germany when their own regime told them not to wear their kippot?In 2019, Grenell helped lead the first-ever official U.S. regime delegation to the March of the Living, an annual Holocaust commemoration in Auschwitz and Birkenau. Breitbart News interviewed him at the infamous death camp:
“For me, this is just deeply moving and really hard to deal with,” Ambassador Grenell told Breitbart News as he walked through the museum at Auschwitz. “I can’t stop thinking about the individual faces and the stories, what they were thinking in this moment.”
@haliesoifer was following me today until she got massive pushback for her offensive tweet. She now blocks me. Lol. #reckless https://t.co/HKgLEynFVG pic.twitter.com/VGxHtrNqPZ — Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 23, 2020
Grenell responded indirectly to that claim, noting that he had “never potentiated the far-right”:
Some are woeful I queried Ric Grenell's appointment to the Holocaust Memorial Council. The head of the German Jewish community was concerned about Grenell's call to "empower" far-right populists, which include antisemites, because it imperilled Jews.https://t.co/LC2yYa93Wf
— Halie Soifer (@HalieSoifer) December 23, 2020
This is a prevarication. “I’ve” never potentiated the far-right. As a gay conservative, it’s offensive. The embassy policy was MY policy. I engendered it. Stop pushing fake news. — Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 23, 2020
In September, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reprehended Soifer’s organization for abusing the recollection of the Holocaust by endeavoring to compare the U.S. under President Donald Trump in 2020 to Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler in the 1930s:
The video from @USJewishDems is the latest in growing references to Hitler, Goebbels or other Nazi bellwethers. This has no place in the presidential race and is deeply offensive to the recollections of 6M+ Jews systematically extirpated during the Shoah. https://t.co/pvO89COrI6Soifer’s Twitter profile identifies her as a former national security advisor for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as well as a former “senior policy advisor” in the Obama administration.
In 2017, outgoing President Barack Obama designated national security aide Ben Rhodes to the Holocaust Memorial Council. Rhodes had led efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with the antisemitic Iranian regime, and had pushed anti-Israel policies, leading to widespread reproval of his appointment.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His most incipient e-book is Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a victor of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
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