McCloskey said at the time , "I don't know whether you are right or wrong about the Holocaust," and referred to the "so-called Holocaust."The IHR is the Institute for Historical View, a leader in the faux history of Holocaust denial. There are a number of interesting comments on the thread, with this one possibly the most eye-opening of them all:
According to the San Jose Mercury-News,McCloskey said Friday that he has never questioned the existence of the Holocaust, and the 2000 quote referred to a debate over the number of people killed.Okay, then.
Note that McCloskey's speech to the IHR was covered by the L.A. Times at the time.
I used to respect Pete McCloskey. I don't know what's happened to him. Here's the quote from the LA Times story:Read through some of the thread if you have the time. It is interesting to note that the Times and Chronicle both endorsed a Republican, a rarity for either of them - and he happens to be a known Holocaust denier. Food for thought.(Holocaust denier David) Irving's appearance was the highlight of a conference of some of the world's best-known Holocaust revisionists, who met at a secret location in Irvine to promote their demands for new investigations to prove there was no mass extermination of European Jews during World War II.The thesis of the organization is that the Holocaust is a Jewish conspiracy to gain sympathy and power by claiming falsely that about six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. It is not a thesis worthy of respect. It is not a thesis endorsed solely by governments or political entities either.
Joining their ranks was former Republican Rep. Pete McCloskey, who is bringing a class-action lawsuit against the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith that seeks damages for the Jewish organization's alleged illegal spying on U.S. citizens critical of Israel and of the former apartheid regime in South Africa.
"I came because I respect the thesis of this organization," McCloskey said at the gathering, "that thesis being that there should be a reexamination of whatever governments say or politicians say or political entities say."