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Bill O'Reilly demands DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resign over Marco Rubio-Adolf Hitler comments

Wasserman Schultz criticized Marco Rubio for attending fundraiser at home with Hitler works on eve of Yom Kippur


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 25, 2015 4:59PM (UTC)

In his "Talking Points Memo" segment Thursday night, Bill O'Reilly claimed that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's criticism of Marco Rubio for hosting a fundraiser in a house full of Nazi memorabilia on the eve of Yom Kippur is "the biggest smear so far in the presidential election" and, to his mind, a fireable offense.

The DNC released a statement before Rubio attended the event at the home of Harlan Crow, whose collections includes paintings by Adolf Hitler, a signed copy of "Mein Kampf," as well as the Fuhrer's bed linens. "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," Wasserman Schultz wrote. "There's really no excuse for such a gross act of disrespect."

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O'Reilly took issue that, saying that he has personally been invited into Crow's mansion outside Dallas and can testify that in addition to the two paintings by Hitler hanging in the library, there are many other historical artifacts that are entirely unrelated to the Third Reich, including letters by Thomas Jefferson, paintings by Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower, and statues of Fidel Castro and Vladimir Lenin.

O'Reilly continued, saying that by Wasserman Shultz's "truly insane" logic, no politician could hold an event in any war museum -- though he ignored the fact that it was the timing of the event about which Wasserman Schultz complained. "She has shamed herself and her party," he added, "she should immediately resign."

He claimed that Wasserman Schultz's comments are evidence that "there's a point when politics gets so dirty, it corrupts the nation -- and we are at this point." O'Reilly later claimed that "some Republicans are comfortable using falsehood and innuendo to smear liberals," and insisted that "when 'The Factor' sees that from the GOP, it will be reported on."

We at Salon highly recommend readers not hold their breath on that front.

Watch the entire "Talking Points Memo" segment below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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