A female visitor (not a student) to Central Michigan University passed out a Hitler-themed Valentine’s Day card at a College Republicans event.
“The grossly offensive action of one individual, a nonstudent, has deeply distressed our campus community and others across the nation,” said George E. Ross, president of the university. “With heavy hearts and great embarrassment, we apologize. To those of Jewish descent, rest assured that we stand with you and vow to continue the effort to educate others.”
Outlets and people across the Internet blamed the College Republicans for the incident. The Daily Mail published an article implicating the group and users took to Twitter decrying what they perceived to be the fault of the College Republicans.
“Unfortunately, a very inappropriate card was placed into a bag without other members’ knowledge,” said the College Republicans on Facebook.
“We in no way condone this type of rhetoric or anti-Semitism,” said the group. “We apologize for any offense, and want students to know that we do not tolerate this sort of behavior.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group, demanded that those responsible for the card be expelled.
Negative reviews adorn the group’s Facebook page, which has 1.4 out of five possible stars.
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