During a House debate over US President Barack Obama’s trade agenda on Friday, Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) invoked the Holocaust while criticizing the advocacy efforts of labor unions, stating that “Goebbels would be proud of them.”
Joseph Goebbels, a trusted friend and colleague of Adolf Hitler, was minister for public enlightenment and propaganda in Nazi Germany.
The National Jewish Democratic Council sharply criticized the Arizona congressman, calling for an "immediate" apology.
"The name 'Joseph Goebbels' has no place in the important policy debates facing our nation," the lobbying group said in statement on Friday. "To invoke the man responsible for some of Hitler’s most heinous anti-Semitic propaganda in discussing the millions of hardworking American union workers is simply outrageous."
NJDC went on to say that Rep. Schweikert "owes the labor community and the American Jewish population" an apology, and advised him to rethink his "choice of words" in the future.