How can you tell Marco Rubio is on the political rise? Democrats and the media are both desperately trying to discredit him. The latest attack, however, is so incredibly over-the-top, it is amazing that anyone is taking it seriously.
According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, Rubio was in Dallas Tuesday for a fundraiser at the home of Harlan Crow, a real estate developer and one of the city’s wealthiest citizens. He is also a Republican, and often supports conservative candidates. However, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasted Rubio for holding a fundraiser in Crow’s home, and made this outrageous statement:
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. 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.
Sounds terrible, right? Marco Rubio holding a fundraiser in the home of a Nazi sympathizer would be a terrible thing. Of course, as Wasserman Schultz is prone to do, she misrepresented the truth to attack Rubio, and The Dallas Morning News did nothing in its reporting to contradict it. What the Morning News failed to mention was the reason why those items are in the Crow home. Rather than being part of a Hitler shrine, as Schultz implies, the items are housed in a museum-like library of historical artifacts Crow keeps on his property. It is one of the largest and most respected private collections of historical artifacts in the country. We know this because The Morning News itself reported on it earlier this year. Here is an excerpt from their coverage from April 2015:
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.
Crow said invited guests visit the library about once a week. They range from single visitors to groups of 50 or 60 people. The library drew one of its largest crowds last year, when several hundred people attended a Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society tour.
We can expect Schultz to omit the fact that the Hitler artifacts were part of a historical collection, but to have The Dallas Morning News print her allegation and let it go unchallenged is shameful. Then again, since it comes at the expense of a Republican, are we really surprised?