Prominent Republicans Silent on Samuel Wurzelbacher Anti-Semitic Assertions – GOP Condemnation not Expected
Talk about saying anything to get the gun vote. Samuel ‘Joe the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher said in public what many right-wing politicians have said behind closed doors for years. Will it have an impact on the 2012 elections? Will obvious outrage from the Jewish community change the outcomes of any elections? Do the republicans have any other ‘groups’ left to insult?
If you think this is a crazy one-off opinion, it is not. We have been flooded with wacko comments supporting that assertion. In right wing circles this is a shared belief. The GOP of 2012 has more in common with a cult than a political party.
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TOLEDO, Ohio—The Ohio congressional candidate known as “Joe the Plumber” is running a campaign video in which he suggests that Nazi gun controls contributed to deaths during the Holocaust because Jews didn’t have firearms to defend themselves.
The ad drew strong rebukes from Democrats and Jewish organizations.
In the video, Samuel Wurzelbacher loads a shotgun and fires at lemons and tomatoes placed on wooden posts. “In 1939, Germany established gun control,” he says. “From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated,” he says before ending the video by saying “I love America.”
Gun control opponents have long held that Adolf Hitler was able to seize power in Germany in part because of controls on firearms.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said the video was “incredibly offensive.” He called on Republicans and Democrats to condemn “the despicable actions of this very desperate man.”
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Samuel Wurzelbacher, famously known as ‘Joe The Plumber,’ is running for Congress this year on a platform of party-line Republican reforms, including gun control. But while it’s only natural that he would make a campaign advertisement around the issue, the tack he took is rather unusual — Wurzelbacher has a new advertisement in which he says that gun control laws are responsible for the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust of the Jews. What’s more, he explains the theory while loading his gun and shooting fruits and vegetables. Watch it:
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