Gov. Jan Brewer, who has been the subject of some unflattering criticism since signing Senate Bill 1070 into law on April 23, appears to have misspoken about the death of her father and his war service in a recent interview with The Arizona Republic.
Her comments have led some media outlets and political opponents to speculate that she lied about her father's service in World War II, or deliberately inflated it — an allegation her office is denying.
In The Republic interview, Brewer talks about how hurt she has been by remarks that have likened her to a Nazi, and comments that her action on the state's tough new immigration law makes her akin to “Hitler's daughter.”
In the interview, she says the criticism has been especially painful because her father, Wilford Drinkwine died trying to fight the Nazis.
"The Nazi comments...they are awful," she told The Republic. "Knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that...It hurts. It's ugliness beyond anything I've ever experienced."
There's just a couple of problems with those last two sentences, as the Rep piece goes on to point out - Brewer's father didn't actually serve in Europe, he worked in a defense plant in Nevada, nor did he die in that service. To be fair, her father died because of lung disease that could have had its roots in the working conditions in that plant. Still, that isn't dying while "fighting the Nazi regime in Germany."
Still waiting for the R echo chamber to excoriate Brewer the same way they did the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut when he overstated his service record...
BTW - Nothing in this post is meant to minimize the contributions that Mr. Drinkwine and millions of others made to the effort to defeat the Nazis. In their own way, they were just as vital to the war effort as were the soldiers, sailors, and marines who did the actual fighting.
Without the munitions, equipment, and supplies that Drinkwine and all of those others made (including my grandfather, who worked in the Navy yard in Boston during WW2), the servicemen on the line wouldn't have had anything to fight with.
However vital though, "working in a defense plant" is not the same as "serving in Europe."