CNN International host Christiane Amanpour has received a strong backlash after bringing up the anniversary of infamous Night of Broken Glass, or ‘Kristallnacht’, a Nazi pogrom against Jews, to slam Donald Trump’s term, while cheering for Joe Biden’s potential presidency.
“This week 82 years ago, Kristallnacht happened,” Amanpour said in the beginning of her report.
“It was the Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilisation that led to genocide against a whole identity and, in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history and proof,” Amanpour continued.
“After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to normal.”
Amanpour’s comparison drew harsh criticism from a leading Jewish organization
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council tweeted that it was “despicable” to link “verbal fact-checking of a POTUS to a Nazi pogrom in which dozens of Jews were murdered”.
The vice president of Media Research Center, Dan Gainor, argued that the channel should be “embarrassed” by the piece which was “disgusting and foul even for CNN”.
CNN has not commented on the controversy so far when approached by other channels.