(Mexico City) The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, on Thursday insulted the Jewish community in his country by calling one of his many critics, himself a Jew, a “Hitlerian”.
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“Yesterday I said that Mr. Alazraki is a Hitlerist,” the President declared, targeting an editorialist, Carlos Alazraki. “Mr. Alazraki is a supporter of Hitler’s ideas,” he repeated during his daily intervention of more than two hours.
“Who was Hitler’s main propagandist? Goebbels,” continued the left-wing nationalist president, who is familiar with major historical references.
“Goebbels said that a lie repeated many times can become the truth. Well, that’s the essence of the strategy of publicists or propagandists like Alazraki.”
“I have many friends in the Jewish community,” he added. “But that doesn’t mean that the whole community can only harm a transformation movement through its ideals, its thoughts, its conservatism and, I repeat, its Hitlerism.”
The left-wing nationalist president-elected in 2018 claims to lead Mexico’s “fourth transformation” after independence in 1821, liberal reforms in 1857 and the revolution of 1910-17.
One of the figures of his movement for national regeneration (Morena), Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, his possible runner-up in the next elections in 2024, is the granddaughter of Jews from Eastern Europe.
“I’m not Hitler. I’m Jewish, just like Sheinbaum,” Carlos Alazraki replied in an open letter to the president in the Universal newspaper. “You defamed me by calling me Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Stalin”.
“Yes, President, I am neoliberal, conservative and fifi (bourgeois) […]. And do you know who I owe all this to? To my esteemed Mexico, which, like most Mexicans, gave me every chance to thrive,” the editorialist wrote.
For its part, the Central Committee of the Jewish Community of Mexico rejected “the use of the term Hitler” and judged any comparison to “the most bloodthirsty regime in history” as “deplorable and unacceptable”.
According to official figures, the Jewish community in Mexico numbers 59,000 practitioners.