Iowa Pol: I Said Holocaust, Not the Holocaust
By Ori Nir
WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman from Iowa alleges that the Anti-Defamation League defamed him over claims that he compared illegal immigrants to Nazis.
The ADL has been highly critical of a May 27 speech delivered by Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, in which he argued that illegal immigrants have killed many more Americans since September 11, 2001, than were killed in the Al Qaeda attacks that day. King, who was speaking to a gathering of anti-immigration activists in Las Vegas, warned that "we have a slow motion holocaust on our hands."
In response, the ADL's director, Abraham Foxman, sent King a June 6 letter arguing that it was "inappropriate and insensitive" for him "to suggest that the conduct of undocumented individuals in America in any way resembles the systematic, genocidal actions taken by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party."
King, who has referred to Senator Joe McCarthy as a "great American hero," countered that he used the word "holocaust" in a generic sense, meaning a great destruction, and that he was in no way referring to World War II."