Kaine: Not A Coincidence Trump Issued "Holocaust Denial" Statement On Same Day Of Muslim Executive Order

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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2016, said it is "not a coincidence" that Trump signed an executive order that "imposed a religious test on Muslims" on the same day he issued a "Holocaust denial" statement.

On Sunday's broadcast of NBC's Meet the Press, Kaine said senior Trump advisor Steve Bannon is connected to a news organization, Breitbart, that traffics in white supremacy and anti-semitism.

"Senator, that's a tough charge. Do you think it's more than a coincidence that it all happened on Friday?" Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd asked.

"This is what Holocaust denial is," Kaine declared. "It's either to deny that it happened or many Holocaust deniers acknowledge oh, yeah, people were killed but it was a lot of innocent people, Jews weren't targeted. The fact that they did that and imposed this religious test against Muslims in the executive orders on the same day, this is not a coincidence."

SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA): Who would help the United States if they knew we would abandon them when they're trying to come here? It's a religious test, as you pointed out. It imposes a different burden on Muslims than others, and the irony is not lost on me that it was issued the same day as the White House issued their Holocaust Remembrance Day Proclamation that unlike any previous administration removed all reference to Jews.

So you put a religious test on Muslims and you try to scrub reference to Jews in the Holocaust Remembrance, this was horribly, horribly mishandled and so it's not a pause from traditional --

CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS: Senator, that's a tough charge. Do you think it's more than a coincidence that it all happened on Friday?

KAINE: I think all of these things are happening together. When you have the chief political adviser in the White House, Steve Bannon, who is connected with a news organization that traffics in white supremacy and anti-semitism and they put out a Holocaust statement that omits any mention of Jews.

Remember, earlier administrations have done these statements and so the first thing you do is you pull up what earlier statements have said and the earlier statements, President Obama, and President Bush always talked about the Holocaust in connection with the slaughter of Jews. The Final Solution was about the slaughter of Jews. We have remember this. This is what Holocaust denial is. It's either to deny that it happened or many Holocaust deniers acknowledge oh, yeah, people were killed but it was a lot of innocent people, Jews weren't targeted. The fact that they did that and imposed this religious test against Muslims in the executive orders on the same day, this is not a coincidence.

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