Jeremy Hunt slammed after using Auschwitz visit to imply that 'Corbyn could be the next Hitler'

The Foreign Secretary and Tory leadership candidate, Jeremy Hunt, has been severely criticised for “weaponising antisemitism in the most vile way possible” after attempting to link the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to Hitler’s concentration camps and the genocide of six million Jews during the Holocaust.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Jewish News, Hunt used a recent visit he made to the infamous former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, to attack the Labour leader, stating:

“When I went to Auschwitz I rather complacently said to myself, ‘thank goodness we don’t have to worry about that kind of thing happening in the UK’ and now I find myself faced with the leader of the Labour Party who has opened the door to antisemitism in a way that is truly frightening.”

Hunt’s attempt to link Corbyn with Hitler’s death camps have come in for significant criticism, with a petition calling on Hunt to apologise having already been signed by over 10,000 people.

The petition goes on to claim that Hunt’s comments were “cynically fanning the flames of fear” and were designed to imply Corbyn could be “the next Hitler“:

“By implying Corbyn is the next Hitler, he is deliberately and cynically fanning the flames of fear about a Corbyn led Labour government amongst Jewish people to enhance his chances of winning a General Election. It is notable that he shows no concern over the fact his opponent in the Tory leadership contest is an Islamophobic, racist, but that’s because he’s a fellow Tory.”

Responding to Hunt’s comments, the Editor of Novara Media, Aaron Bastani, tweeted:

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“the idea that someone would visit Auschwitz and use it as a means to attack a leader of a mainstream political party in the UK is utterly insane.”

 

Whilst left-wing political blogger, Another Angry Voice, claimed that Hunt’s attemt to dredge up “all of that unimaginable human suffering purely for [his] political advantage” was “despicable.

Despite Hunt’s comments being widely condemned, not a single mainstream media outlet has, as yet, reported on the outrage and disgust they have caused.

 

Jeremy Corbyn has a long track record of opposing antisemitism, having tabled or supported at least 10 Early Day Motions, spanning from 1990 until 2015, specifically condemning anti-Jewish racism:

And in 2016, on the 80th anniversary of the infamous battle of Cable Street, Jeremy Corbyn fought back tears whilst delivering a speech about how his mother marched against Oswald Mosley’s fascists to defend Britain’s Jewish community:

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