What happens when a Trump-loving pundit tries to argue about Holocaust history with the Auschwitz memorial?
That's what happened this week when Townhall columnist and Ret. Army Colonel Kurt Schlichter said that any Jewish person who supported John Kerry's speech on the dangers of expanding Israeli settlements "would have made a fine helper at Auschwitz."
If you are Jewish and supporting Barack Obama and John Kerry, well, you would have made a fine helper at Auschwitz.— Kurt Schlichter (@Kurt Schlichter)1482943787.0
Schlichter's rant drew the attention of none other than the official Auschwitz Museum Twitter account, which told him that he shouldn't invoke the horrors of the Holocaust simply as a club to bash his political enemies.
The tragedy of prisoners of Auschwitz & their complicated moral dilemmas which today we can hardly comprehend shoul… https://t.co/Syb1bBvGPX— Auschwitz Memorial (@Auschwitz Memorial)1482959096.0
Rather than conceding the point and keeping quiet, Schlichter doubled down and said the memorial was wrong to question his knowledge of history.
Your opinion is important and deserves respectful attention. However, I disagree, respectfully, with your conclusion here. @AuschwitzMuseum— Kurt Schlichter (@Kurt Schlichter)1482959893.0
This drew instant howls of indignation from many of Schlichter's Twitter followers, who ruthlessly mocked him for trying to lecture the Auschwitz memorial on Holocaust history.
@KurtSchlichter seriously? Back down and apologize, you are wrong here. @AuschwitzMuseum— Andrew Kornblatt (@Andrew Kornblatt)1482965620.0
@KurtSchlichter You have a greater grasp of Auschwitz than @AuschwitzMuseum do you? I disagree, disrespectfully, with your conclusion here.— Danny Wallace (@Danny Wallace)1482968983.0
@AuschwitzMuseum @thericeman @KurtSchlichter holy shit the Auschwitz Museum owning Kurt Schlichter makes a fine end to the year— Alex Weinberg (@Alex Weinberg)1482965802.0
@AuschwitzMuseum When the AUSCHWITZ MEMORIAL is telling you off on Twitter, you dun fucked up— Aleksei says ACAB (@Aleksei says ACAB)1482967677.0