On Thursday, in discussion with Fox Business host Stuart Varney, President Trump’s daughter-in-law equated Tuesday’s migrant caravan, traveling from Mexico to the U.S. border on a train dubbed “The Beast,” to Merkel’s 2015 allowance of more than 1 million refugees into Germany, as a “humanitarian” gesture.
“It was the downfall of Germany,” Lara told Varney, after he initiated the comparison. “It was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany. This President knows that, he’s trying to prevent that from happening here, but Congress has got to get their act together and do the right thing for the American people.”
On Fox Business, Trump campaign official Lara Trump claims that "the downfall of Germany" was ..... [squints at notes] .... Merkel's decision to allow refugees into the country.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 25, 2019
"It was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany," she adds. pic.twitter.com/wm4OerUtFP
According to Politico, two years after Merkel permitted refugees fleeing war in Middle Eastern countries, she told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, “It was an extraordinary situation and I made my decision based on what I thought was right from a political and humanitarian standpoint.”
Conceding that the German border could have been tightened, Merkel also said, “I’d make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again.”
Twitter responded to Lara, the president's campaign adviser.
“Um, I can think of something worse than happened in Germany,” tweeted someone, joining others who quoted the Holocaust and Hitler’s reign.
Um I can think of something worse that happened in Germany…— Howard (@HowardA_Esq) April 25, 2019
Ummm... did she forget about the Holocaust? (It’s also ironic bc they were sheltering refugees, the EXACT OPPOSITE of the worst thing that Germany has ever done) https://t.co/AFzC27iDzH— Alex Milne (@AlexMilne07) April 25, 2019
The ignorance is astounding— avemaria412 (@avemaria412) April 25, 2019
About 6 million dead Jews would strongly disagree https://t.co/KsKea6kp5m— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) April 25, 2019
The ignorance and bigotry is on display for all to see. Read a history book Lara.— Merritt Kelly (@MerrittKelly1) April 25, 2019
See WW1 or WW2— Jeff Mustonen📎 (@UWMoose) April 25, 2019
Not Hitler.— Hayden Black (@haydenblack) April 25, 2019
Not concentration camps.
Not millions of dead Jews.
According to Lara Trump, “Merkel admitting migrants into the country is one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany.” https://t.co/zmDLVZecHi
It really is something that people regularly invite Lara Trump on television to discuss world history and global politics ... https://t.co/83s0HF6WVh— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) April 25, 2019
Lara, who is expecting her second child with husband and first son Eric Trump, earned tepid feedback when their baby news broke. Among the social media remarks was a nod to the president’s hardline immigration practices: “We’re full.”
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