Kaine: 'Religious test on Muslims' and Holocaust statement 'horribly mishandled'

Kaine: 'Religious test on Muslims' and Holocaust statement 'horribly mishandled'

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineBipartisan senators introduce bill to make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program Overnight Defense: National Guard chief negative in third coronavirus test | Pentagon IG probing Navy's coronavirus response | Democrats blast use of Russia deterrence funds on border wall Overnight Defense: Navy secretary nominee: Service in 'rough waters' after 'failure of leadership'| Senate fails to override Trump's Iran war powers veto| Top Armed Services Republican expects to address Pentagon border wall funds in defense policy bill MORE (D-Va.) on Sunday blasted President Trump for imposing a "religious test" on Muslims on the same day the White House released a statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not include reference to Jews or anti-Semitism.

"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," Kaine said on NBC's "Meet The Press."

"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."

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When asked if he thought it was "more than a coincidence" that both events happened on the same day, Kaine said he thinks "all of these things are happening together."

Kaine pointed to Trump's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, saying that Breitbart, the news organization he once led, "traffics in white supremacy and anti-Semitism."

"And they put out a Holocaust statement that omits any mention of Jews," Kaine continued.

He said past statements that administrations have put out on Holocaust Remembrance Day have talked about the Holocaust in connection with the slaughter of Jews.

"This is what Holocaust denial is," Kaine said.

"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."