Howard Dean, former head of the
Democratic National Committee.
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(CNSNews.com) -- In response to Democrat Howard Dean labeling President-elect Donald J. Trump's chief strateigist, Stephen Bannon, a "Nazi" and "anti-Semitic," the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) called on Dean to retract his claim and apologize.
"The ZOA calls upon former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean to retract and apologize to President-elect Trump's appointee Stephen Bannon for absurdly and disgracefully calling Mr. Bannon a 'Nazi,' anti-Semitic, and other untrue epithets," said ZOA President Morton A. Klein in a Nov. 22 press release.
In a Nov. 20 interview on CNN-Canada, Dean said Trump was a "complicated guy," and added, "He appoints a reasonable person [Rence Priebus], who's much more conservative than I am -- but for somebody who can talk to -- as chief of staff, and then his senior adviser is a Nazi."
"[Bannon is] anti-Semitic, he's anti-black, and he's anti-women," said Dean.
When challenged by the CNN host about the use of the word "Nazi," Dean said, "It's a big word, and I don't usually use it unless somebody's really anti-Semitic, really misogynist and really anti-black."
"As ZOA and numerous others previously documented, there is no truth to Howard Dean's accusations," said Klein. In the ZOA statement it explained that Klein is the child of Holocaust survivors and that "Bannon helped ZOA combat anti-Semitism at City University, and is a strong supporter of Israel, and that the ADL's anti-Semitism allegations against Bannon constituted character assassination."
Stephen Bannon, senior adviser to President-elect Donald J. Trump. (AP)
The statement further noted that Orthodox Jewish writer Joel B. Pollak, "who worked with Mr. Bannon for six years, wrote that Mr. Bannon is 'an American patriot who defends Israel and has deep empathy for the Jewish people.'"
The National Socialist German Workers' Party, or Nazi Party, governed Germany under dictator Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1945. The Nazi Party was dissolved on October 10, 1945, a little more than 71 years ago.
According to its press release, the ZOA "is the oldest and one of the largest pro-Israel organizations in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOAeducates the public, elected officials, the media, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing Arab war against Israel. The ZOA works to strengthen U.S.- Israel relations through educational activities, public affairs programs and our work on Capitol Hill, and to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias in the media, in textbooks, in schools and on college campuses."
Zionist Organization of America President Morton A. Klein. (AP)