Like so many others in the past week, Glenn Beck is seeing shades of the Holocuast in current events. But he’s not referring to the mob – sometimes tinged with antisemitism – who marched on the Capitol. He’s talking about the shutdown of the social media platforms on which they organized – namely, Parler.
“This is like the German with the Jews behind the wall, they would put them in the ghetto. Well, this is the digital ghetto,” Beck said during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News.
Glenn Beck compares Twitter, Google, Facebook bans to the Holocaust, calling it the “digital ghetto” pic.twitter.com/P2SVAbcACi— Kat Abu (@abughazalehkat) January 13, 2021
“‘Jew’s you do whatever you want behind the wall,’” Beck suggested the Nazis said, just as he believes that conservatives are only being allowed to express themselves in their own echo chambers.
Historically, Jews imprisoned in Nazi ghettos were often forced into slave labor and faced harsh restrictions and conditions. Most spent little time in the ghettos themselves before being shipped off to death camps.
Glenn Beck’s remarks come shortly after another Fox News figure, Jeanine Pirro, as well as Former Iowa Congressman Steve King, made similar remarks.
Beck’s statement quickly garnered outrage from notable Jews and Jewish organizations on Twitter — including the American Jewish Committee — who called for an apology.
Counterpoint: this is nothing like the Nazis herding Jews into ghettos where they were starved, beaten, and prepared for industrialized murder. https://t.co/GtN4eBfaDI— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) January 13, 2021
The constant weaponization of history’s darkest chapter is deeply offensive and an affront to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
There’s no comparison between big tech companies enforcing their community standards and the Holocaust. None.
Apologize, @GlennBeck. https://t.co/VuptXFoXKr— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) January 13, 2021
Glenn Beck has compared Twitter suspension to the forced ghettoization of Jews by the Germans. Here is some information from Yad Vashem about conditions in the Warsaw Ghetto:https://t.co/mHqr39iTab— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 13, 2021
This is nothing like what the Nazis did to the Jews and if you think that you’re an absolute moron. https://t.co/eKni7krUX4— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 13, 2021