Newsweek might have taken notice when the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect posted a list of similarities between President Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler, but that’s the sort of thing the organization does all the time.
In a piece in The Atlantic, the center’s board chair explained that teaching about the Holocaust is “not what we do,” nor was its mission to be pro-Jewish, necessarily. Plenty of people have noticed, as the organization has kept up a steady pace of tweets bashing the Trump administration and every one of its policies. The Resistance might eat it up, but even those who aren’t pro-Trump are asking what the center has to do with Anne Frank, anyway.
The Anne Frank Center has noticed people noticing, and called out its trolls in a tweet displaying its mutual disrespect for its critics.
To the trolls who tell us not to comment on current issues: In her diary, Anne Frank stood for justice & hoped future generations would too.
— Anne Frank Center (@AnneFrankCenter) August 10, 2017
That classic passage about the trolls, ahh yes https://t.co/enU4CurcSN
— Davey Crocko (@Davey_Crocko) August 10, 2017
To be fair, the center has its share of fans online, although a lot of them use words we never saw in Anne Frank’s diary.
Remind me, did she say anything in her diary about hoping skeezy con artists would use her name to get cheap publicity?
— Andrew S. (@shoutingboy) August 10, 2017
— Rockileaks (@notwokieleaks) August 10, 2017
Maybe then you'd like to honor her memory rather than exploiting it to advance a political agenda. My family is Jewish and you are shameful. https://t.co/B0Jc2KQYsy
— Goatstar Ultra ? (@GoatstarUltra) August 10, 2017
Come on, even if you are doing virtuous work, it's disrespectful to use her voice. Bad bad faith https://t.co/7kaUxhrDqF
— flash (@minorgeneral) August 10, 2017
You dishonor her legacy with cynical partisanship. https://t.co/QPUGs2ilt0
— BlackPilled Pete (@BlackPilledPete) August 10, 2017
Honestly its a gross misuse of her name and legacy. https://t.co/O1anbHo0Ng
— American MAGAzine (@HussianRacker) August 10, 2017
I always like when revisionists take something a historical figure stood for, and twist it to their political purpose. https://t.co/UUtytmKVvK
— Jonathan Thiebaud (@Jtbaud24) August 10, 2017
"And Anne Frank's definition of justice is exactly the same as ours." https://t.co/ThoOjECY7s
— TheHorsePundit (@TheHorsePundit) August 10, 2017
The angry malcontents who coopted the name of Anne Frank have a FAR more elusive & expansive definition of "justice" than a 15 yo girl had. https://t.co/PnzCJDKtMI
— ruth takahashi (@ruthtaka) August 10, 2017
Who are you? How can you take advantage of such an amazing woman's name and history and call anyone a "troll"? And throw assumptions around.
— ??lablover (@MatterJoannie) August 10, 2017
You're parasites that have attached yourselves to something noble. A perversion that deserves nothing but contempt. https://t.co/bZcu3BNqCQ
— Bohemio (@El__Bohemio) August 10, 2017
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Alarming: Newsweek still publishing, treating Anne Frank Center as a credible source https://t.co/6hfvqwxiKf
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 9, 2017