The Blake Masters, a Republican nominee for the Arizona Senate who won the approval of former President Donald J. Trump, has been haunted by a trail of youthful writings in which he lamented the United States’ entry into World War I and World War II, applauding a Nazi war criminal and driving an isolationism that extended beyond even Mr. Trumps.
In recent examples that were dug up and given to The New York Times by opponents of Mr. Masters, he took to the chat room at CrossFit, his favorite training, as a Stanford bachelor in 2007 to advocate views that may not fit with the 2022 Republican voters.
As he had in other forums, Mr. Masters wrote on the CrossFit chat room that he opposed American involvement in both world wars – although World War II, he admitted, “is harder to argue because of the hot button issue of the Holocaust (nevermind). that our friend Stalin murdered more than twice as many as Hitler… why do we slumber over it in schools?).
He did not speak to Pearl Harbor or say whether he thought the United States should have ignored it.
Also on the CrossFit chat room, Mr. argued Masters, at the time 20, that Iraq and Al Qaeda did not “pose significant threats to the Americans.”
“In my opinion, a true libertarian against all wars that are not strictly defensive, and with the US military (many of our best men and women!) Is unfortunately stationed in more than 100 countries and bombed several dozen since the war was last declared, is did not defend the name of the game, “he told his other CrossFit enthusiasts.” We should be more like the Swiss in this respect – decentralized and defensive. “
Such views could very well have fit with Ron Paul’s brand of libertarianism, which Mr. Masters subscribed as university students. But they would be an extreme dissident in the Senate he hopes to join next year.
Not surprisingly, Mr. The Masters’ youthful writings have already become fodder in the hotly contested race for the Republican nomination to receive Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona, a new Democrat who is among the most vulnerable established this year. The primary election in Arizona is on August 2nd.
Another GOP challenger, businessman Jim Lamon, clung to Mr. Masters’ writings from 2006 on an early blog site, Live Journal – reported by Jewish Insider in April and June – where Mr. The Masters had argued that “‘unlimited’ immigration is the only choice” for a libertarian-minded voter.
As a candidate, Mr. Masters, now 35, a position diametrically opposed to his younger self and in line with Mr. Trump’s views: He advocates militarizing the border and ending what he calls an “invasion” of immigrants entering the country illegally.
Mr. Masters declined to comment for this article. His campaign manager, Amalia Halikias, issued a statement calling him “the clear frontrunner”, noting Mr. Trump’s support and expressed contempt for journalists who “spend their time searching through 2007 CrossFit bulletin boards to try to discredit him.”
She said voters were more concerned about “how we can solve the inflation crisis and the border crisis that Joe Biden and Mark Kelly have given us.”
Mr. Masters has also been condemned for contemporaneous statements, such as his remark on April 11 that the US arms violence problem boiled down to “Black people, to be honest,” and his apparent embrace of the “compensation theory” that was spread by white supremacists when he accused Democrats of trying to flood the nation with immigrants “to change our country’s demographics.”
Mr. The Masters’ early writings covered a wide range of topics and touched on a number of stumbling blocks for a person with mainstream political ambitions.
In a 2006 post on the libertarian website LewRockwell.com, he resumed a detailed conspiracy theory about the United States’ entry into World War I, suggesting a link between the banking company “Houses of Morgan and Rothschild” and the lack of alerting American steamship passengers to German threats that went prior to the sinking of Lusitania. His main source was C. Edward Griffin, an ardent libertarian who once said that “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” – a notorious anti-Semitic forgery – “accurately describes much of what is happening in our world today.”
The speech ended with what Mr Masters called a “gripping quote” from Hermann Göring – Hitler’s right-hand man and one of the most powerful Nazis in the Third Reich.
Jonathan Greenblatt, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League, attacked Mr Masters’ calls on Göring and Griffin, calling them “historical figures who traded with some of the worst imaginable anti – Semitic troops.”
“Any history student should know better than to exalt leaders who once gave voice to dangerous anti-Semitic troops such as the infamous ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion,'” he said. Greenblatt.
He added: “No matter how old he was at the time, Mr Masters must reject his decision to uphold these men and their ideas and condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms.”
First, Mr. Lamon has taken political advantage by running an ad that framed Mr. Masters as a conspiratorial anti-Semite.
Mr. Masters published an answer where he said he knew “the left-wing media” would “try to smear me” and “call me a racist and a sexist and a terrorist.” He added: “Well, it turns out that loser Republicans would do the same.”
Understand the midterm elections 2022
Why are these midterm races so important? This year’s run could tip the balance of power in Congress to Republicans, hampering President Biden’s agenda for the second half of his term. They will also test former President Donald J. Trump’s role as GOP king. Here’s what you need to know:
Mr. Masters has defended his writings from 2006 as the youthful scribbles of a teenager retreating from the war in Iraq. “I was 19 and writing in opposition to the Iraq war – an attitude that proved to be foresighted,” he told Jewish Insider in April. “I went too far and said that no recent American wars have been fair.” He added: “I suppose it was only a matter of time before I was called anti – Semitic for criticizing war propaganda in an essay I wrote as a teenager.”
Still, as a student at Stanford, one of the country’s most elite universities, he should have known better, said Abe Foxman, a longtime leader of the Anti-Defamation League, now its national director emeritus.
“While the Masters may not have been familiar with Griffin’s anti – Semitism, as a Stanford student he would certainly have been familiar with who Göring was and what he was doing – especially by quoting him from the Nuremberg trials,” said Mr. Foxman.
In 2007, Mr. Masters his libertarian critique of the United States in the strangely selected forum of CrossFit’s chat rooms.
“To him or her who returns to me with the claim that Iraq and even al-Qaeda pose significant threats to the Americans, I have not much more to say than I have reached the opposite conclusion,” he wrote.
He called the United States “an empire-driven (soft and hard) nation-state with a security urge for sheep” and dismissed the Federal Reserve Board as a “semi-private banking cartel.”
And on the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Masters – which now embraces Mr. Trump’s “America First” slogan – “what about the non-Americans in the Twin Towers? Personally, I see no reason to mourn the deaths of ‘American’ innocents more than those of other nationalities.”
Finally, on September 25, 2007, Mr. Masters, then a Stanford junior, said goodbye to his CrossFit conversations and acknowledged with one last expression of second-time-sounding confidence.
“I do not mean any disrespect – but it takes years to understand where I come from, let alone agree or disagree,” he wrote. “To NOT expect to receive the usual (intelligent, maybe, but still typical) objections and questions in response to a post like mine above would be silly … I still do not know what gave me the urge to try.”
He imprinted it with an emoticon of a blink.