Mitt Romney to Announce from the Henry Ford Museum
by ABanks, Mon Feb 12, 2007 at 10:04:49 AM EST
Bumped from the diaries and slightly reformatted -- Jonathan... This is bad. This is really bad. It's evocative of then-candidate Ronald Reagan's speech near Philadelphia, Mississippi, where he proclaimed support for "states' rights" not far from the murder of civil rights workers two decades earlier. What's more, it's not the first time that Romney has taken actions that are perceived to be insensitive to the Jewish community. Poor form all around, Mitt. Poor form.
Thanks to the National Jewish Democratic Council for breaking this:
The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) expressed its deep concerns today about Republican Mitt Romney's decision to announce his candidacy for President from the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan. Located on grounds formally owned by Ford, the museum is a testament to the life of Henry Ford, a notorious anti-Semite and xenophobe whose belief that Jews were second-class, inferior citizens were expressed in detail in his writings on his theory of Americanization. Ford was also bestowed with the Grand Service Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle by Adolph Hitler.
Interestingly, Romney's website only mentions that he is announcing from "Michigan," with no mention of the Henry Ford Museum.
Update [2007-2-12 15:6:14 by Jonathan Singer]: The story hits the AP wire...