In what Rare calls new heights of “manufactured political outrage,” Democratic National Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, tore into Republican presidential candidate, and senator, Marco Rubio, for attending a fundraising event that is reportedly home to several Hitler and Nazi related historical items.
Specifically, according to a scathing press release from the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Hitler and Nazi related historical items at the home include “two paintings by Adolf Hitler, a signed copy of Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, and a cabinet full of place settings and linens used by the Nazi leader.”
At the same time, Debbie Wasserman Schultz did not include in her statement that the home where Senator Marco Rubio attended the fundraiser, and to which Debbie Wasserman Schultz was referring, belongs to a man named Mr. Harlan Crow who over the past forty years has also collected thousands of other historical things, reports the Dallas Morning News.
The pieces of history not mentioned by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and to which Marco Rubio was subjected along with the Nazi and Hitler stuff, include an essay about the evils of slavery by Abraham Lincoln, a copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac, a 1493 letter written by Christopher Columbus after his first trip to the New World, and paintings by Renoir, Monet, Winston Churchill, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
There’s also a sculpture garden with busts of several historical figures, and many other historical items with no ties to Hitler or Nazis, Harlan Crow saying his collection of historical things isn’t about celebrating any particular “repressive regimes” but simply his passionate hobby and an effort to “preserve a part of world history.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz also takes issue with Marco Rubio attending the event, in the presence of the Hitler and Nazi related items, on “the eve of the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.”
“An event at a home with items like these is appalling at any time of the year. Adding insult to injury, Rubio is holding this event on the eve of the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Holding an event in a house featuring the artwork and signed autobiography of a man who dedicated his life to extinguishing the Jewish people is the height of insensitivity and indifference. There’s really no excuse for such a gross act of disrespect. Mr. Rubio, who by the way, represents a sizable Jewish population in our home state of Florida, should cancel this tasteless fundraiser. It is astounding that the presence of these items that represent horror for millions of Jews the world over, would not stop Mr. Rubio or anyone on his team in their tracks when planning this event.”
In the end, Marco Rubio and Debbie Wasserman Schultz aren’t likely to see eye to eye on a lot of things, but they would both likely agree that attending a political fundraiser held in the home of a Nazi enthusiast wouldn’t be appropriate, especially on the eve of Yom Kippur.
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