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The Mexican president has doubled Hitler’s comparison with that of a Jewish analyst

“He’s extremely conservative, like Hitler’s.”

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MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that he was right when he likened a prominent Mexican Jewish figure to Adolf Hitler for his political thinking, and shrugged the protest of the country’s Jewish community.

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Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that advertising executive and political analyst Carlos Alazraki, the president’s critic, was “Hitler’s”, which led the Mexican Jewish community to issue a statement rejecting the remarks as “unacceptable.”

Lopez Obrador mentioned Alazraki after the video was shown during a regular government press conference last named in a discussion with opposition politicians, who said Mexico was admitting undocumented migrants to the new airport from Venezuela. The government denies it.

“He’s extremely conservative, like Hitler’s,” Lopez Obrador said Wednesday.

In a statement, Mexico’s Jewish community rejected the use of the term “Hitler” to refer to anyone: “Any comparison with the bloodiest regime in history is regrettable and unacceptable.

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Hitler’s Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War II.

Some Mexican opposition politicians were also offended. “The president’s commentary on Carlos Alazraki not only violates freedom of speech, but is undignified and disproportionate. Calling a prominent member of the Jewish community ‘Hitler’s’ is extremely grotesque and aberrant, “opposition Congressman Santiago Creel said on a tweet.

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Lopez Obrador returned to the matter during his regular press conference on Thursday, saying, “Alazraki is a follower of Hitler’s thinking,” pointing to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels and his use of lies to manipulate public opinion.

“This is the essence of Alazraki’s strategy of publicity or propaganda,” said the president, who regularly invoked Goebbels as he tried to discredit his critics.

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To comment, Lopez Obrador showed a short video clip from 2021, in which Alazraki said that the key to the electoral defeat of the president’s ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) was the use of lies and propaganda against him.

Alazraki told Reuters he could not understand the president’s comments. He said that his notes in the clip were taken out of context and that he illustrated that in order to compete with MORENA, one had to use propaganda as a party.

Alazraki also posted a video on Twitter on Thursday, condemning the remarks of Lopez Obrador and stressing his opposition to his policy. He concluded by forgiving the president, “because you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Lopez Obrador noted that he had long-standing differences with Alazraki, but expressed respect for the Jewish community.

“I have very good friends in the Jewish community,” he said.

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