Alaska's Republican Congressman Has Some Mind-Melting Thoughts About the Holocaust

News & Politics

Rep. Don Young enjoys drilling for oil in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, tax cuts for billionaires, and arming teachers in order to address school shootings. It's all fairly standard for a Republican in 2018. A Democratic challenger, however, caught Young on tape with a take on the Holocaust that stands out even in an age when the president has announced on national television that a clash between actual Nazis and anti-fascists protesters had "good people on both sides." According to a recording made by Dimitri Shein, Young believes that the Holocaust would have turned out differently if only the Jews had been armed. 

"How many millions of people were shot and killed because they were unarmed? Fifty million in Russia,” the congressman is heard asking. “How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

Shein previously asked Young about public safety, which prompted the response. 

As the Sacramento Bee points out, "The argument that gun control eased Adolf Hitler’s rise in Germany before World War II has circulated among gun-rights advocates for years, even appearing in a National Review article. The Anti-Defamation League, however, has called the claim outlandish."

Young is Alaska's only member of the House, a position he's held since 1973. Shein immigrated to Alaska from Russia at the age of 12, and has been a resident ever since. He is an accountant who invented a planter box and now runs an e-commerce company selling them all over the country. According to an interview with radio station KTOO, Shein, who has no political experience, is running on a platform of Medicare for All

Shein currently lags behind Young in fundraising and polling, although perhaps this recording will give him a boost.

Watch the whole exchange below. 

H/T Sacramento Bee

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by