A congressional candidate is defending his speech to a group celebrating the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birth, saying he appeared simply because he was asked.
You know what you do when a bunch of Nazis — real life, honest to goodness Nazis — ask you to come and celebrate Hitler’s birthday with them? You say no.
“I’ll speak before any group that invites me,” Zirkle said Monday. “I’ve spoken on an African-American radio station in Atlanta.”
Uh… how is a radio station “African-American?” And anyways, talking to black people does not give you a “celebrate a mass murderer’s birthday with a bunch of racist, terroristic thugs and get out of it free” card. Speaking to black people is not some brave move across the aisle. It is what any honest American does every day.
He compared his speech to other politicians appearing at Bob Jones University.
Bob Jones University is not a Nazi organization. Hyperbole aside, regardless of your opinion, I don’t think anyone sane can equate the two. Obviously, you are not sane.
He said he did not know much about the neo-Nazi group and that his intention was to talk on his concern about “the targeting of young white women and for pornography and prostitution.”
“I don’t know much about this particular racist shitpile, but I did intend to spew a bunch of racist bullshit conspiracies.”
But here is the best part — CBS’s spin on it. (My emphasis)
Tony Zirkle, who is seeking the Republican nomination in northern Indiana’s 2nd District, stood in front of a painting of Hitler, next to people wearing swastika armbands and with a swastika flag in the background for the speech to the American National Socialist Workers Party in Chicago on Sunday.
Got that? He isn’t the GOP candidate — he’s a fringe lunatic who is trying to get the nomination. How is that going for him?
Local Republicans condemned Zirkle’s appearance.
“I cannot believe that in 2008 anyone could think so backward,” Luke Puckett, another 2nd District GOP candidate, said in a written response.
Chris Riley, Republican Party chairman for St. Joseph County, said he found Zirkle’s comments “nauseating and repulsive.”
But what was CBS’s headline?
House GOP Candidate Spoke At Hitler Event
Candidate For Indiana District Defends Speech At American National Socialist Workers Party Event Celebrating Nazi’s Birthday
Not, “Candidate” like a lot of other news agencies. Not “Candidate seeking GOP nomination.” They went with “GOP Candidate”. Because, you know, once he’s spoken to a bunch of skinhead fucktards, he’s got the nomination sewn up. He’s not the GOP candidate, CBS, and the local GOP won’t allow him to be if there is any legal way to prevent it. (And if they can’t prevent it, I expect them to campaign against him.)