President Donald Trump—very likely the only president in history to earn condemnations from both the Anne Frank Center and the Holocaust Memorial Museum during his first 100 days in office—managed to talk about the Nazi genocide on Tuesday morning without once flirting with Holocaust denial, something that’s actually notable for this administration.
Among the uncharacteristically direct phrases Trump uttered in his speech to the aforementioned Holocaust Museum were references to “the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people” and the “6 million Jews” who were systematically murdered. He might’ve pronounced “Nazis” as “Nahzees” and stumbled over Elie Wiesel’s name, but it was an improvement on that time the White House failed to mention Jewish victims of the Holocaust on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, or when Sean Spicer forgot that Hitler did in fact use chemical weapons to great effect at his “Holocaust centers,” or when Trump himself all but endorsed a Nazi-sympathizing fascist for the presidency of France.
“This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism,” Trump later said, to the faint sound of one million Pepes crying out.
Also among Trump’s achievements: not plagiarizing this time.