When Republicans lie about relatives’ service records

WHEN REPUBLICANS LIE ABOUT RELATIVES’ SERVICE RECORDS…. When people compare Arizona’s “let me see your papers” immigration law to 1930s Germany, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) takes it personally. “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,” she said the other day. “It’s ugliness beyond anything I’ve ever experienced.”

The problem, as Kos noted, is that Brewer’s father didn’t die fighting the Nazi regime in Germany.

Gov. Jan Brewer said in a recent interview that her father died fighting Nazis in Germany. 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.

For crying out loud.

OK, so Brewer misled the public about her father’s service record. She’ll apologize and move on, right? Wrong.

Officials with the governor’s administration said her statement should not be taken to mean that she was claiming her father was a soldier in Germany during the Nazi regime.

I’m confused. When Brewer said her “father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany,” that wasn’t intended to mean that her father was an American soldier in Germany during the Nazi regime?

Can’t anybody here play this game?

To be sure, this isn’t nearly as offensive as Rep. Mark Kirk’s (R-Ill.) repeated falsehoods about his own military service, but a pattern starts to develop — Republicans are having trouble separating fact from fiction when it comes to those who wear the uniform.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.