Rage Against The Machine
Ohio congressional candidate Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher shot back against critics of his campaign video that said gun control laws contributed to the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide with a post on the conservative blog site RedState.com. Mr. Wurzelbacher’s post, entitled “I Can See Russia From My Backyard,” blamed controversy over the video on an “onslaught of lies and distortions” spread by a “far left” media “propaganda machine,” specifically ThinkProgress.
“Last week I released a video on the 2nd Amendment stating well-documented, historical facts about totalitarian leaders and their implementation of gun control laws prior to exterminating millions of their own citizens in 1911 Turkey and 1939 Nazi Germany,” Mr. Wurzelbacher wrote. “Within hours, this far-left, anti-gun, liberal propaganda wing of the Center for American Progress organization–’Think Progress’–posted a false story with the blazing headline: ‘JOE THE PLUMBER: GUN CONTROL CAUSED THE HOLOCAUST. As of this writing, that headline, or a similar variant thereof, is mentioned on the internet over 500,000 times….But none of these ‘journalists’ checked to see if that is what I actually said.”
Strongly Worded Letters
The National Jewish Democratic Council wants an apology from Ohio congressional candidate and 2008 election supporting actor Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher for his campaign video blaming the Holocaust on gun control. This evening, David A. Harris, president and CEO of the NJDC released a statement demanding Mr. Wurzelbacher apologize and remove the clip.
“Using the memories of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust to make a political point is never appropriate, under any circumstances. For Ohio Republican House candidate Samuel Wurzelbacher to imply that these innocent lives were taken because of gun control laws is simply beyond the pale,” Mr. Harris said.
Ohio congressional candidate and living 2008 campaign artifact Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher released a video yesterday in which he cited gun control as a contributing cause for the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide. After The Politicker published a story about the clip, we noticed many angry responses from people who were offended by Mr. Wurzelbacher’s claim gun control can be blamed for the Holocaust. We reached out to Mr. Wurzelbacher and got a call back from his campaign spokesman, Phil Christofanelli, who said “there’s nothing offensive” about the video and discussed how gun control may have led to slavery in the United States too.
“Joe is a student of history. He knows that the founders read John Locke and they understood that the 2nd Amendment was always the people’s last defense against tyrannical government,” he said. “They always use gun control before abusing the rights of people, so, yeah, that’s our position and that’s what was said in the video. And there’s nothing offensive about it, it’s just historical fact.”
Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, the 2008 campaign microcelebrity and Ohio congressional candidate, has an interesting theory about the Holocaust. Yesterday, Mr. Wurzelbacher released a campaign web video in which he blamed the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide on gun control laws.
“In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917 one-point-five million Armenians, unable to defend themselves were exterminated,” Mr. Wurzelbacher says in the clip. “In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others unable to defend themselves were exterminated.”
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