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.