Jan Brewer’s Daddy Died Fighting Nazis…Ten Years After WWII Ended

By Julianne Hing Jun 03, 2010

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who will be meeting with President Obama today in Washington, D.C. to discuss immigration issues in her state, was caught in a little lie yesterday. Brewer, who was obviously speaking from the heart, told a reporter that she was personally insulted by people’s associating her with Adolf Hitler in the wake of her signing SB1070 because her father had fought for the U.S. against Nazi Germany during World War II. Her exact words:

"Knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that…and then to have them call me Hitler’s daughter. It hurts. It’s ugliness beyond anything I’ve ever experienced."

Thing is, with a little factchecking, it was revealed that Brewer’s father, Mr. Wilford Drinkwine, indeed died tragically, but from lung cancer, and not during battle. Also, he passed away in 1955. Brewer’s father apparently worked as a supervisor for a naval munitions depot in the U.S.; Brewer’s spokesperson said that Drinkwine passed away from medical complications associated with having inhaled toxic chemicals there. SB 1070, the new Arizona immigration law that empowers law enforcement officers to ask for someone’s papers when they’re enforcing state, city, or even civil code, is slated to go into effect on July 29.