Libertarian vice-presidential nominee Bill Weld on Wednesday suggested that Donald Trump’s plan to deport the millions of immigrants living in the country illegally was reminiscent of “Anne Frank hiding in the attic.”
Weld, the former Massachusetts governor, made headlines last week when he said Trump’s deportation plan was reminiscent of “Kristallnacht,” or the “Night of Broken Glass” in Nazi Germany.
Weld defended the comments as “completely appropriate” during a Wednesday MSNBC interview.
“They would be hiding in attics to not get found and sent back to Mexico,” Weld said. “It would remind me of Anne Frank hiding in the attic.”
He also made mention of Trump’s plan to build a massive border wall along the US-Mexico border, a proposition Trump has championed along the campaign trail.
“Building a huge wall is evocative of the most famous wall, the Berlin Wall, which was a badge of shame and stain on the Soviet Union and helped to bring the end of the Cold War,” he said “I think Mr. Trump is on the wrong side of history in these issues.”
Last week, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson said he “absolutely” stood by Weld’s analogy.
“In New Mexico here, is my door going to be knocked down because I’m going to get checked for papers?” Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, asked rhetorically of CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Watch Weld’s remarks below:
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