Manufactured political outrage reached new heights this week, foisted upon us by none other than Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
In a scathing press release, Wasserman Schultz accused Marco Rubio of cavorting with Nazis—a serious charge! That’s the kind of accusation that ought to be backed up with strong evidence, no?
So what horrible offense did Rubio commit to receive such treatment from the DNC—on the eve of a major Jewish holiday, no less? The presidential candidate dared to attend an event at the home of a man who collects historical artifacts, some of which make reference to, believe it or not, bad things that happened throughout history. That includes certain Nazi memorabilia.
Imagine that! A man who has converted a portion of his home into a museum happens to have among his vast collection items relating to unsavory individuals.
Wrote the DNC, “Senator Marco Rubio will hold a fundraiser in a home that features 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.”
Naturally, they forgot to mention everything else the man in question, Mr. Harlan Crow, collects. As the Dallas Morning News wrote earlier this year:
Over the past 40 years, Crow has collected thousands of documents, manuscripts and works of art that span centuries. “Many people have their own hobbies and have vocations,” he said. “American history is mine.”
Among his favorites, Crow counts an Abraham Lincoln syllogism about the evils of slavery, a copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac and a letter written in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, after his first trip to the New World. The collection has paintings by Renoir and Monet and by Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
A sculpture garden includes likenesses of Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, the late British prime minister. It also has busts of dictators, including Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and Yugoslav dictator Josip Broz Tito. Crow has said the collection is not intended as a celebration of repressive regimes but to preserve a part of world history.
But by the DNC’s logic, Crow is a Nazi, and Rubio in turn is a Nazi sympathizer for refusing, as Wasserman Schultz demanded, to cancel the fundraiser this “dangerous” man out to preserve world history was hosting for him.
“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,” penned a breathless Wasserman Schultz.
“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,” she added.
Perhaps Wassmerman Schultz failed to consider the fact that Rubio’s staffers might be able to grasp the concept of a museum and the purpose it serves. But recognizing that would mean she’d give up the opportunity to call the junior senator from her home state a Nazi sympathizer. And who doesn’t love a bit of mindless demagoguery to round out their week?
As the kids say these days, this is why we can’t have nice things.