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AZSen Republican “Lamented” Entry Into WWI, “Approvingly Quoted a Nazi War Criminal”

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Arizona GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters, while a student at Stanford, “lamented the entry of the United States into the First and Second World Wars”, “approvingly quoted a Nazi war criminal,” and downplayed “Al Qaeda as a threat to Americans.”

Since announcing his run for U.S Senate, Masters has been denounced for his racist comments, such as promoting the white nationalist replacement theory, claiming that America’s gun violence problem stemmed from “Black people, frankly,” and, likening the disclosure of campaign donors to “Kristallnacht”.

New York Times: The Strident Writings of a Young Blake Masters Dog His Senate Run

By: Jonathan Weisman | July 6, 2022

Key Points:

  • “Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for the Senate in Arizona who won the endorsement of former President Donald J. Trump, has been dogged by a trail of youthful writings in which he lamented the entry of the United States into the First and Second World Wars, approvingly quoted a Nazi war criminal and pushed an isolationism that extended beyond even Mr. Trump’s.”
  • “As he had in other forums, Mr. Masters wrote on the CrossFit chat room that he opposed American involvement in both world wars — although World War II, he conceded, ‘is harder to argue because of the hot button issue of the Holocaust (nevermind that our friend Stalin murdered over twice as many as Hitler … why do we gloss over that in schools?).’”
  • “Another G.O.P. contender, the businessman Jim Lamon, latched onto Mr. Masters’ 2006 writings on an early blogging site, Live Journal — reported by Jewish Insider in April and June — in which Mr. Masters had claimed that “‘unrestricted’ immigration is the only choice” for a libertarian-minded voter.”
  • “Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive officer of the Anti-Defamation League, assailed Mr. Masters’ invocations of Goering and Griffin, calling them ‘historical figures who trafficked in some of the worst antisemitic tropes imaginable.’ ‘Any student of history should know better than to elevate leaders who once gave voice to dangerous antisemitic tropes such as the notorious ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ Mr. Greenblatt said.”
  • “And, on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mr. Masters — who now embraces Mr. Trump’s ‘America First’ slogan — asked, ‘what about the non-Americans in the twin towers? Personally I see no reason to lament the demise of ‘American’ innocents any more than those of other nationalities.’”

Read the full report here.