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September 24, 2015 3:01 pm

Democratic Iran-Deal Supporter Rails Over Rubio Fundraiser at Nazi Memorabilia Collector’s Library

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Senator Marco Rubio. Photo: Gage Skidmore.

Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio. Photo: Gage Skidmore.

After facing a backlash from pro-Israel supporters for standing behind President Obama’s Iran deal, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) took GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio to task on Wednesday for a fundraiser he held at the Texas home of a collector of Nazi memorabilia.

To make matters worse for Rubio, the event at the home library of Harlan Crow — complete with signed paintings of Adolf Hitler and a copy of Mein Kampf — took place on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.

Schultz castigated her state’s junior senator and 2016 presidential candidate, saying the timing of his fundraiser, (tickets for which cost $1,000-$10,800) marked “the height of insensitivity and indifference.”

Among Crow’s other historical artifacts are busts of communist leaders, such as Che Guevara and Vladimir Lenin, sketches by Abraham Lincoln and George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation.

Some took offense at the linking of Rubio’s fundraiser in any way to Nazis, other than as a point of interest, and several came to the defense of the host. Michael Ledeen, of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, “Harlan Crow is about as pro-Hitler as [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”

In fact, Crow’s own mother was nearly killed when a Nazi U-boat torpedoed and sank the SS Athenia, the first British vessel sunk by the Germans in World War II.

Not surprisingly, the Republican National Committee rebuffed Schultz in a sharply worded statement to the Washington Free Beacon, deriding her support of the Obama administration’s widely unpopular nuclear agreement with the leaders in Tehran:

Rather than manufacture a false controversy over a collection of historic memorabilia that includes a statue of Margaret Thatcher and effects belonging to Abraham Lincoln, Debbie Wasserman Schultz should have opposed the weak Clinton-Obama Iran deal that puts Israel’s safety in jeopardy.

In spite of saying she “was never afraid to stand alone if necessary, to stand on principle,” when it came to backing the nuclear deal with Iran, Schultz ultimately threw her weight behind President Obama — a move that caused Democratic fundraiser Mike Moskowitz to say he was “sorely disappointed.” Florida, the state of both Wasserman Schultz and Rubio, is a battleground for the 600,000-plus Jewish population. Another Florida Congressman, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, opposed the deal.

As for Rubio, he’s seen a slight bump in his standing at the polls over the past few weeks, reaching a RealClearPolitics average of about 9%, but still trailing far behind Donald Trump (24%) and Ben Carson (16.3%), and being about neck-and-neck with Carly Fiorina (11%).

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, even came to Rubio’s defense. In a statement to The Algemeiner from Jerusalem, he said, “Senator Rubio is a proven friend of Israel and a long time ally of the Jewish community … At this point hard to draw the conclusion that [Rubio’s] host is anything more than a memorabilia collector. Unless there is more information that indicates an ideological affinity to these genocidal tyrants available it is a non-issue.”


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  • For all those against the Iran deal, does anyone have a better idea? Something needed to be done. To all those american people who are against the deal, have any of you actually read the deal or are you just commenting upon someone who says it was bad and who also has never seen the deal?

  • Jonah

    It’s hard to really know Shultz’s motives, but whatever they are you can be sure their devious. She is an Obama surrogate, a minion, and most loyal supporter of what seems to be the most anti Semitic president on this earth. Were here relatives violin players at the gates of the gas chambers in Germany? She is attempting to use Rubios nievatee as a first time presidential candidate to shoot him in the knees. Rubio is a threat to the Democratic Party in that he would get a very large percentage of the Hispanic vote. Coupled with a good candidate as Vice President they would be unbeatable. Shultz is a snake, she wears Jewish veneer but is she the seed of the serpent?…. the spawn of Obama. Rubio is a voratious defender of Israel and that gets under her scaly skin. If the the Floriadian Jews believe one word that comes out of her mouth and vote according to her deceptive enticings their future is doomed. Doomed do I have to spell it another way for you to get it, any road she paves for the Jews with this current administration will be over a cliff. If you choose to be a Shultz lemming you only have yourself to blame

  • Mark Green

    It’s either the chemicals she uses at the hairdressers or it’s the politics that’s making her bat-ship crazy.

  • Barbara

    How can Wasserman Schultz find the nerve to attack Rubio for attending a fundraiser after she voted for Obama’s Iran deal? This is the height of hypocrisy. Marco Rubio has shown far more concern than Schultz for the survival of Israel and the Jewish people.
    Her outrage about this is as phony as the crocodile tears she shed on TV the night she announced she was voting for Obama’s Iran deal. Where is her decency?

    This President was so eager to sign the deal he refused to intercede in Syria rather than offend Iran. He allowed Assad to kill 250,000 Syrians with barrel bombs and poison gas. He looked the other way as ISIS filled the void we left and enslaved beheaded and raped its way through the Middle East. He’s still looking away from the Christian and Yazidi genocides going on in Iraq and Syria.
    If Shultz supports this foreign policy, then she’s not much of a Jew.

  • Joe Khoury

    Anyone who has followed Rubio’s eloquent and intelligent speeches, must know that he is a friend to Israel as well as a proud American.

  • Emanuel

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz IS the problem, she votes for her own death and her kids death and then attacks the good guys taking issue with memorabilia, let me guess she’s pro gun control (as a fascist who has no respect for the constitution or rights of her constituents) and Crow also has a Nazi Luger and drives a Mercedes. There is nothing Rubio could do to himself to fall below Debbie Wasserman Schultz in terms of class or character.