Gov. Brewer claims her father ‘died fighting’ the Nazis — but he actually passed away 10 years after WWII.

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"Gov. Brewer claims her father ‘died fighting’ the Nazis — but he actually passed away 10 years after WWII."

Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) has faced significant criticism ever since she signed the anti-immigrant bill, SB-1070, into law. In a recent interview with the Arizona Republic, Brewer spoke out about some of the harsher rhetoric she’s heard, saying comparisons equating her with the Nazis are especially hurtful because her father “died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany”:

The Nazi comments…they are awful,” she said, her voice dropping. “Knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that…and then to have them call me Hitler’s daughter. It hurts. It’s ugliness beyond anything I’ve ever experienced.”

While comparisons equating Brewer with Nazis are over the top and not constructive, Brewer’s anecdote doesn’t really stack up. The Arizona Guardian reports that in fact, “the death of Wilford Drinkwine came 10 years after World War II had ended. During the war, Drinkwine worked as a civilian supervisor for a naval munitions depot in Hawthorne, Nev. He died of lung disease in 1955 in California.” Brewer’s spokesman justified the governor’s statement, claiming Drinkwine “eventually died from the toxic fumes he inhaled” while working at the factory. (HT: Markos)

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