The Brexiteer lashed back after David Lammy went on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday to defend his previously-mentioned stance that the European Research Group (ERG) could be compared to the Nazi Party and South African racists.
When Marr challenged Lammy over his comments during the interview, the Labour politician said those comparisons were actually “not strong enough”, adding:
In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of Czechoslovakia, and Churchill said no, and he stood alone.
We must not appease. We’re in a situation now, and let me just be clear, I’m an ethnic minority.
We have, in the ERG, in Jacob Rees-Mogg, someone who is happy to put on to his web pages the horrible, racist AfD party, a party that’s Islamophobic and on the far right.
Lammy was referring to a controversial tweet by Rees-Mogg posted earlier this month, in which he put up a video an AfD politician making a speech about the EU’s Brexit negotiating strategy.
Taking to Twitter to respond to Lammy’s television apperance yesterday, Rees-Mogg said:
I feel sorry for Mr Lammy, comparing a Parliamentary ginger group with an organisation and creed that killed six million Jewish people makes him look foolish and his comments unbalanced. It damages his reputation.https://t.co/BIxjvQK1Ol
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) April 14, 2019
Speaking on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday Mr Lammy said that his previous comparison between Brexiteers and Nazis was “not strong enough.”
“I would say that that wasn’t strong enough. In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of Czechoslovakia, and Churchill said no, and he stood alone.””We must not appease. We’re in a situation now, and let me just be clear, I’m an ethnic minority.”
In response to David Lammy’s comments, Jacob Rees-Mogg said that he “feels sorry” for the Labour MP.
“He is a, normally serious, political figures, a perfectly sensible one…when people start saying things like this, you realise they have lost all sense of proportion”, he says.
Challenged by Nick Ferrari on whether he had endorsed a line from the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), Rees-Mogg claimed that he had simply re-tweeted something which was “part of the political conversation”.
“To compare a group within the House of Commons to an organisation which killed six million Jewish people, and millions of others as well, is just senseless.
“It doesn’t do anything, it doesn’t help political debate, it’s mere abuse that makes the person saying it look foolish and second-rate, rather than doing any damage to the people it’s leveraged against”, Rees-Mogg said.