Kudos to TPM for catching this:
The Republican candidate for governor of California paid a visit to a DMV on Wednesday and casually compared standing in line at the notoriously sedate agency to surviving the Holocaust, Capital Public Radio reported.
The campaign for the Republican candidate and businessman John Cox later clarified that Cox — who has been visiting DMV’s to point out the failings of the agency — misspoke. In audio of the event recorded by Capital Public Radio, Cox introduces himself to a woman and asks her how long she’s been waiting in line. The woman says she’s been in line “close to an hour,” provoking Cox to launch into a diatribe recounting a conversation he’d had previously with a Holocaust survivor.
“You know, I met a Holocaust survivor in Long Beach. He survived concentration camps, and he said this was worse. He’s 90 years old and he had to wait four hours down in Long Beach. Can you imagine that?” Cox says, according to the Capital Public Radio audio.
You can listen to here. Of course, Cox’s campaign was sent to do clean up duty:
Campaign spokesman Matt Shupe said Cox mistold the story.
“John isn’t saying it was worse than the Holocaust. The guy didn’t say it was worse than the Holocaust,” Shupe said. “He was saying that it reminded him of pre-war Germany” when Jews had to wait in lines to be processed.”
“In no way does he mean this as a slight to the Jewish community,” Shupe added. “He misspoke. It’s very unfortunate. But it’s nothing more than that.”
The campaign provided audio of Cox, which aired on Los Angeles radio station KFI earlier this week, when Cox recounted the same conversation in a different way.
“I met a guy who survived the Holocaust. 90 years old. And he tells me that this reminds him of what it was like in pre-war Germany and Latvia,” Cox said in that audio.
The DMV is under scrutiny for hours-long waits and mismanagement.
Cox is visiting DMV offices throughout California and criticizing Democratic lawmakers for voting against an audit of the agency.
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