- Marco Rubio is holding a fundraiser at the home of real estate investor and art collector Harlan Crow – whose collection includes Nazi-era art
- Democrats roundly criticized the decision and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz asked that Rubio cancel it because of the implications of anti-semitism
- But: Crow’s mother was on a ship that was attacked and sunk by Nazi U-Boats
Turns out: Harlan Crow’s horrific connection to the Nazi’s is actually closer than Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s.
Here’s a Tweet from Kaczynski with the press release from the Dems:
the DNC thinks you’re stupid pic.twitter.com/77MgA4NQ3m
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) September 22, 2015
The Democratic National Committee, in what critics say is one of the lamest attacks of the 2016 cycle so far, has pounced on Republican Marco Rubio’s plans to attend a fundraiser at the house of Harlan Crow because Crow’s collection of historic artifacts includes Nazi art—but the DNC failed to mention that Crow’s mother was nearly killed by the Nazis during World War II.
“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,” DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Tuesday.
The DNC’s statement points to Crow’s ownership of “two paintings by Adolph Hitler, a signed copy of Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, and a cabinet full of place settings and linens used by the Nazi leader.”
Unmentioned, however, is that Crow is far from a Hitler admirer, and that these items are a small part of Crow’s massive collection of historical artifacts. At times, that collection has included items such as Frederick Douglass’ Bible, the doodles of President Abraham Lincoln, President George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation, and statues of communist icons such as Lenin and Che Guevara.
Making the notion that Crow has any ties to Hitler even more absurd is the fact that his mother, Margaret Crow, was nearly killed by the Nazis.She survived the sinking of the British SS Athenia, which was the first British ship attacked by the Nazi U-boats. Crow owns multiple artifacts from the SS Athenia, as well.
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