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During today’s episode of The View, the ABC talk show’s hosts called out Robert F. Kennedy Jr.‘s recent speech at a Washington D.C. anti-vax rally.
On Sunday (Jan. 23), the vocal anti-vax figure drew backlash for likening US vaccine policies to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
“Even in Hitler Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did,” Kennedy said. “I visited, in 1962, East Germany with my father and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped, so it was possible. Many died, true, but it was possible.”
“How can anyone be this misinformed? Not just about the vaccine mandates, but about history,” moderator Whoopi Goldberg asked, adding, “Maybe it’s possible because there have been so many deniers. But I find it extraordinary that people who denied the Holocaust are quick to bring it up.”
Guest host Ana Navarro pointed out: “The only reason we’re talking about him is because he is the son of a great man who means so much to American history. But you know what? Every family has an idiot, and obviously the Kennedys are not immune to that.”
She took issue with some anti-vaxxers’ attempts to draw false parallels between US vaccine mandates and the Holocaust. “[It was] such a unique time in history that should be respected as such, and I wonder how Holocaust survivors and their children feel when they hear him make this comparison,” Navarro said.
Navarro added that Kennedy didn’t even have much of an audience, since only a few hundred protestors watched his speech live.
“I could literally get more people to protest my dog,” she said.
The View airs weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.