Joy Behar argued that President Donald Trump will pave the way for another Hitler during a heated segment of ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday — and she used the Armenian genocide to prove her point.
During a discussion on Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, the journalist who is missing and feared murdered inside Turkey’s Saudi Arabian consulate, it was Abby Huntsman who first brought up America’s role in such situations.
Referencing her childhood in China, where political dissidents are not treated humanely, she said:
I realized in those moments the role that the United States plays around the world and the importance of fighting for human rights. These are the values that we hold most dear to us, so that is my biggest concern. It’s not a Democratic issue, a Republican issue. It’s what we stand for. The problem I see continually with the Trump administration is there’s not long-term thinking with foreign policy.
That was when Behar jumped in, saying, “The way that he talks gives cover to all these dictators on human rights. They look at him and they say, we’re going to get — ”
“I want to say something about Hitler,” she continued. “Hitler killed 6 million people as we know, 6 million Jews, and one of the reasons he knew he could get away with it is because the world closed their eyes to the Armenian genocide. Trump puts out a vibe that we don’t care.”
Meghan McCain noted then that former President Barack Obama’s dealings with Russia had posed a similar issue, and that President Trump was essentially doing the same thing in a “more clumsy way.” McCain also pointed out that the Saudis were not the only potential bad actors in the region, arguing that Erdogan could not necessarily be trusted either.
As for the Armenian genocide, Turkey still does not acknowledge that it happened — although historical records show that some 1.5 million Armenians were either executed or driven from their homes within the Turkish borders between 1915 and 1917. And Behar is not the only one to argue that continued denial will result in history repeating.