Cheryl Hines, best known for her role on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has publicly condemned her husband Robert F. Kennedy for a recent speech he gave in which he likened the US COVID regulations to the Holocaust.
Addressing the crowd, Kennedy suggested that life for unvaccinated Americans is worse than it was for people like Anne Frank—the Jewish teen who hid from the Nazis with her family for two years before dying in a concentration camp in 1945.
“Even in Hitler Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland, you could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did,” Kennedy said during the rally. “Today, the mechanisms are being put in place that will make it so none of us can run, and none of us can hide.”
Kennedy’s remarks quickly sparked outrage when footage of the speech went viral social media. When a Twitter user asked Hines whether she stood by her husband’s remarks, she responded, “My husband’s opinions are not a reflection of my own. While we love each other, we differ on many current issues.”
In a statement on Twitter Tuesday morning, Hines wrote, “My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive. The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.”
My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive. The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.
— Cheryl Hines (@CherylHines) January 25, 2022
The Auschwitz Memorial tweeted that Kennedy’s remarks were a “sad symptom of moral and intellectual decay.” The U.S. Holocaust Museum also weighed in, tweeting that his comments were “outrageous and deeply offensive.”
Kennedy took to Twitter himself Tuesday, stating, “I apologize for my reference to Anne Frank, especially to families that suffered the Holocaust horrors,” he wrote.
“My intention was to use examples of past barbarism to show the perils from new technologies of control. To the extent my remarks caused hurt, I am truly and deeply sorry.”
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