The millionaire backer of teal independents has denied a reference he made to John Howard being the “angel of death” was a reference to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.
Simon Holmes a Court, the financial muscle behind the Climate 200 movement and its associated independent candidates, has denied a reference he made to John Howard being the “angel of death” was a reference to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.
Instead, he says he was making reference to a quote from an unnamed Liberal in an article in the Saturday Paper who called Mr Howard the “angel of death” in reference to the former PM’s being sent to shore up votes in seats where Coalition support was softening.
Mr Holmes a Court was slammed earlier on Wednesday for calling John Howard the “angel of death” as the former prime minister prepared to visit Josh Frydenberg’s electorate of Kooyong.
In a tweet posted Tuesday, Mr Holmes a Court said the Liberal party’s “angel of death – John Howard – is expected at (Kooyong) prepoll any moment.”
The term “Angel of Death” is a common reference to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who performed gruesome and inhumane experiments on inmates of the Auschwitz death camp.
Mr Frydenberg is Jewish, and a number of his relatives perished in the Holocaust.