Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trump's Adviser Accused of Being a Holocaust Denier. His Father Apparently Was One.

We have previously reported on the Trump campaign's toxic connections to Holocaust denial: Holocaust Deniers and the Donald Trump Phenomenon: Some Observations

Now McClatchy reports:
Joseph Schmitz, named as one of five advisers by the Trump campaign in March, is accused of bragging when he was Defense Department inspector general a decade ago that he pushed out Jewish employees.
Schmitz, who is a lawyer in private practice in Washington, says the allegations against him are lies. All three people who have cited the remarks, including one who testified under oath about them, have pending employment grievances with the federal government.
Daniel Meyer, a senior official within the intelligence community, described Schmitz’s remarks in his complaint file.
“His summary of his tenure’s achievement reported as ‘…I fired the Jews,’ ” wrote Meyer, a former official in the Pentagon inspector general’s office whose grievance was obtained by McClatchy.
“In his final days, he allegedly lectured Mr. Crane on the details of concentration camps and how the ovens were too small to kill 6 million Jews,” wrote Meyer, whose complaint is before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
 According to wiki:
Joseph Edward Schmitz (born August 28, 1956) is an American lawyer, former Inspector General of the Department of Defense and a former executive with Blackwater Worldwide.
He is the son of John G. Schmitz:
John George Schmitz (August 12, 1930 – January 10, 2001) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives and California State Senate from Orange County, California. He was also a member of the John Birch Society.
Mark Weber wrote a long obituary for John Schmitz, where he revealed Schmitz's affinity to Holocaust denial (our emphasis):
A good friend of the Institute for Historical Review, John Schmitz, has died. The former US Congressman, Marine Corps officer and political science teacher is remembered with respect by both friend and foe alike as an articulate, witty and fervent champion of his conservative principles. 
Schmitz attended at least two IHR Conferences, and was a subscriber for many years to the IHR’s Journal of Historical Review. From time to time bought extra copies to give away to friends.
He provided crucial help to the Institute during the difficult Ninth IHR Conference in February 1989. A day before the meeting was set to begin, the southern California hotel where it was to be held cancelled the contract, caving in to threats and intimidation by the Jewish Defense League (JDL). Another hotel was quickly found, but it too succumbed to JDL intimidation. Following the two cancellations, and with no alternative hotel willing to stand up to JDL threats, the speakers and attendees who were arriving from across the country and abroad had no place to meet. It seemed that the Conference might be cancelled just as it was to begin. In this emergency, Schmitz contacted Joe Bischof, a friend who owned the Old World shopping center in nearby Huntington Beach. Bischof graciously offered his facilities, and the Ninth IHR Conference – one of the most spirited ever – was held in a packed basement meeting room, in spite of continued harassment by JDL thugs.

Also in 1989, when the IHR suddenly needed a lawyer to replace one who had abruptly quit, it was Schmitz who recommended his friend, Bill Hulsy, who ever since has served as the IHR’s main corporate attorney. (Bill Hulsy and his wife, Karen, had been long-time friends of the Schmitz’s, who were god-parents of the Hulsys’ daughter.)


  1. John Schmidt's connections to HD go back to being connected to Willis Carto in the 1960s, as revealed in this piece from 1972:

    Schmidt wrote an introduction for the antisemitic work, None Dare Call it Conspiracy, which accuses Jews of funding Hitler. Full text online:

  2. The Wiki article on Schmitz and the American Independent Party is a goldmine. The AIP ran Schmitz for POTUS in '72 after running George Wallace in '68. The head of Youth for Wallace was Willis Carto. When the AIP split in the 1980s into factions, one faction merged with the Populist Party, which ran David Duke and Bo Gritz for POTUS in '84 and '88, respectively. Chairman of the Populist Party was Willis Carto.

    Seems the Schmitz family was/is the Orange County link between the GOP and the Nazi fringe.

    A frighteningly large number of these folks participated in the Reagan campaign in '80, and it's probably no accident that the Gipper launched his campaign in Philadelphia, MS.

  3. One more thing: Schmitz was kicked out of the John Birch Society for being too radical, as was Revilo Oliver.


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