The President of Mexico has come under fire from the country’s Jewish community for comparing a well-known Mexican-Jewish figure to Adolf Hitler.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said during a press conference about the plight of undocumented Venezuelan migrants that advertising executive and political analyst Carlos Alazraki, who is known for his criticisms of the President, was “Hitlerian”.
Mr Lopez Obrador said of Mr Alazraki, who is Jewish: “He is extremely conservative, like Hitlerian”.
One another occasion he said that “Alazraki is a follower of Hitler’s thinking” and made a reference to Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, which the President frequently associates with his critics, it is reported.
A spokesperson for the Jewish community of Mexico condemned the reference to Hitler, saying that “Any comparison with the most bloodthirsty regime in history is regrettable and unacceptable.”
In response, Mr Lopez Obrador said: “I have very good friends in the Jewish community”.
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