Bailey doubles down on comparing abortion to Holocaust

GOP gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey in a 2017 state representative campaign video. Screenshot from Facebook.

Darren Bailey, the GOP candidate for Illinois governor, doubled down this week on comparing abortion to the Holocaust in an old campaign video.

Bailey’s 2017 campaign video came to light last week. In the video, he says, “I believe that abortion is one of the greatest atrocities of our day and I believe it’s one of the greatest atrocities probably forever,” Bailey said in the video. “The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion since its legalization.”

He tried to downplay the statement after an uproar and an ad from opponent Gov. JB Pritzker.

While at the Kendall County Fair, Bailey spoke with Plano radio station WSPY and seemed to double down on the statement.

“The Jewish community themselves have told me that I’m right,” he said when asked if he owed the Jewish community an apology. He claimed that chabads and rabbis he met with before Pritzker’s ad came out agreed with him.

Pritzker is Jewish. And Jewish organizations did not like the comparison.

“Holocaust comparisons are always fraught, and inappropriate when used politically,” said Nancy Sage, executive director of the Springfield Jewish Federation, when the video first came out. “The Holocaust’s many lessons must be taught, one of which is avoiding using it as a rhetorical tool.”