Clinton camp slams Trump campaign on 'gas chamber' remark
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Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Russian pop star linked to Trump Tower meeting cancels US tour Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies MORE's presidential campaign on Thursday used a remark from rival Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE's son invoking gas chambers to blast the GOP candidate's operation as "reckless" and "deplorable."


"Offensive" references to the Holocaust are "never acceptable, especially from a presidential campaign," Clinton's director of Jewish outreach, Sarah Bard, said.

Donald Trump Jr. said on a local radio program Wednesday that the media would be "warming up the gas chamber" if Republicans were caught lying, which he accused Clinton of doing.

The comment shows how "insensitive, divisive, and reckless the Trump campaign is," Bard said.

Trump on Thursday reportedly denied to NBC News that he was making a reference to Nazi gas chambers, arguing instead that he was referring to corporal punishment.

Still, he continued to face criticism, with another Clinton aide calling the remark "deplorable" and "indefensible."
The "gas chamber" language also drew the ire of the Anti-Defamation League, which remarked Thursday on the "hurt of making Holocaust jokes" and called on him to retract the comment.
Evan McMullin, a conservative independent presidential candidate, called the remark an "unsurprising Nazi reference" from Team Trump in a post that Clinton retweeted.
Trump's campaign has previously faced charges of anti-Semitism, which it has vociferously denied. Trump has pointed to his daughter Ivanka's relationship with Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, remarking on the pair's "beautiful Jewish baby" earlier this year and saying he has many friends who are Jewish.
The Clinton campaign's statement Thursday recalled the controversy over Trump's Twitter account sharing an image of Clinton over a background of money that labeled her "corrupt" in a six-pointed star, as well as instances where he has retweeted white supremacists.
Trump's three adult children have been active in his White House bid and regularly appear at campaign events and in media appearances defending their father.