Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio held a fundraiser on Tuesday, on the eve of the Yom Kippur holiday, at the Dallas mansion of a collector of Nazi memorabilia, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Real estate developer Harlan Crow holds an eclectic art collection including paintings signed by Adolf Hitler and a signed copy of his book. He also reportedly has a garden full of statues of communist leaders he calls the “Garden of Evil,” Dwight Eisenhower’s military helmet and the deed to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.
Tickets to Rubio’s event cost between $1,000 and $10,800, the Morning News reported.
“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,” said Democratic National Convention Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a statement following the incident. “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,” she said according to the Houston Chronicler
National Jewish Democratic Council chairman Greg Rosenbaum told the Morning News that the event on Yom Kippur was “viscerally concerning to the American Jewish populace.”
The Republican National Committee shot back at Schultz that she “should have opposed the weak Clinton-Obama Iran deal that puts Israel’s safety in jeopardy” instead of trying to “manufacture a false controversy over a collection of historic memorabilia that includes a statue of Margret Thatcher and effects belonging to Abraham Lincoln.”