Joe The Plumber Defends Campaign Ad Tying Holocaust To Gun Control

ProudProgressive 2012/06/23 15:17:10
Remember Joe the Plumber? In 2008, Joe the Plumber (whose name is Samuel and who has never been a licensed plumber) was planted in a campaign crowd to ask Candidate Obama about his promise not to raise taxes on people making under $250,000. Joe lied to the candidate about a business he claimed to be starting, that he claimed would be hurt by Obama's tax plans. (In reality, the fictional business Joe described is doing a lot better today thanks to President Obama's tax plans.) He was instantly made a celebrity by the McCain campaign and became BFFs with Sarah Palin, but then faded back to obscurity

Anyway, fast forward to 2012. Joe the Plumber (whose name is still Samuel and who still is not a licensed plumber) is running for Congress. And in classic Right Wing fashion, he's against gun control. Not that anyone, especially the President, has actually proposed any new gun control measures or introduced any legislation to regulate Joe's guns, but reality has never been a right wing strength. And why is he against gun control? Well, naturally because gun control caused the Holocaust!!

The Right Wing disconnect from reality has never been more clearly illustrated.

Article excerpt follows:

Joe The Plumber Defends Campaign Ad Tying Holocaust To Gun Control
By Adam Peck
Jun 22, 2012

Earlier this week, Samuel Wurzelbacher — known to most as Joe the Plumber — posted a campaign ad on YouTube that sought to blame gun control laws for human atrocities, including the Armenian genocide of the early 1900s and the extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II.

Amazingly, Wurzelbacher kept digging. Yesterday in an interview with the Toledo Blade, Wurzelbacher defended the ad by denying he ever mentioned the Holocaust:

"All I said was gun control was implemented, and then governments proceeded to violate human rights," Mr. Wurzelbacher said. "Nowhere did I mention the Holocaust or was I even talking about it."

Let's go to the videotape:

Apparently, Wurzelbacher can't find any references–explicit or otherwise–to the Holocaust in the lines "In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, 6 million Jews and 7 million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated." Worse, he goes on to blame "the liberal media" for pointing out the obvious–and deeply offensive–Holocaust reference.

His campaign spokesman Phil Christofanelli told the paper that the story was "generated by left-wing liberal blogs and picked up by the ‘sympathetic liberal media.'" Jewish groups were swift to condemn the ad, as were Democrats and the overwhelming majority of viewers on YouTube. As of publication, the ad has been viewed almost 50,000 times and most of the feedback has been negative.

For good measure, Christofanelli expanded on the ad as well, adding slavery to the list of atrocities that can be traced back to gun control. "Well, blacks weren't allowed to own guns in the South, that's a historical fact as well," he told Politicker on Tuesday.

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  • jackolantyrn356 2012/06/23 18:55:12
    Less Guns creates a government that will take control and do what it wants to do to normal citizens. In Ger,many it was Jews. In America it will be Whites.
  • ProudPr... jackola... 2012/06/23 19:13:09
    Even if one were to take your babbling seriously, the closest political faction in this country to those who put those Jews in the gas chambers is the Tea Party, like the Nazis a group of Right Wing ultra extremists who believe that anyone of a different color, different religion, different sexual orientation or even different gender is "the enemy", who manipulate the media to produce a constant stream of hateful propaganda, who even work to undermine the legitimate government of their own nation. The only thing missing is the armbands.
  • Queen B 2012/06/23 16:53:57
    Queen B
    His opponent Marcy Kaptur will kick his stupid ass at the polls, no matter what kind of ads he puts out.
  • Wilde~MoonChild ™ 2012/06/23 15:36:01
    Wilde~MoonChild ™
    I wonder if Joe and Palin are related??!! They seem to share the same brain!
  • Schläue~© 2012/06/23 15:34:26
    Fact is, when the citizens are armed, not only does it keep their govt. in check but outside forces as well.

    Even Hirohito knew it would be a wasted effort to attack the U.S. mainland with troops because the citizens are better armed & equipped than many foreign nations are.
  • ProudPr... Schläue~© 2012/06/23 18:42:27
    Not this one again. The Japanese never planned to attack the US mainland. An occasional air raid perhaps, and an attempt to take an Aleutian Island or two as supply bases, but that's about it. The reason Japan attacked the United States in the first place was to dominate the pacific. They had no dreams of conquering the United States; they only wanted to keep the United States from interfering with their activities in the Pacific trade routes. Remember, this was not that long after Teddy Roosevelt denied them ownership of Korea and they still held a grudge. But whether or not the civilian population was armed was never a Japanese consideration.
  • Idiot repubs 2012/06/23 15:20:16
    Idiot repubs
    These are the idiots the GOP look up to???
  • ProudPr... Idiot r... 2012/06/23 18:42:53
    When you're in the GOP the only direction you CAN look is up.

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