Republican college group apologizes over Hitler Valentine card

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The Central Michigan University (CMU) is investigating an anti-Semitic Valentine's Day card that was produced during its campus' College Republicans meeting, and given to a pair of students by a member of that group.

On Wednesday, a student at the public college in Mount Pleasant posted a photo to Facebook of the card she received at a College Republicans Valentine's Day party.

Two students ended up with a card that said "my love 4 u burns like 6,000 Jews". The card had an image of Nazi Adolf Hitler and was signed "XOXO, Courtney".

The group posted an apology to Facebook on Wednesday, claiming the card was the result of a rogue member and was not endorsed by the group.

"The College Republicans as an organization did not distribute this valentine", read a post on the College Republicans' Facebook page. He issued a statement making it clear that the university and administration does not under any circumstance condone such anti-Semitism and apologized for any offense that's been taken. He added that this is not what Michigan University is as a campus and such hurtful, offensive language is not consisten with their values and standards.

Ross also said university officials, as well as campus law enforcement, had launched an investigation into the incident and were working to "determine next steps".

Before it was reported that the responsible party was not a student, the global human rights organization with a mission of preserving the memory of the Holocaust issued a news release Friday, Feb. 10, calling for CMU administrators to expel the student or students responsible for the incident.

The letter reads, in part, "First and foremost, we stand in unflinching solidarity with Jewish communities on our campus and beyond".

This news comes as the University of MI investigates three racist and anti-Semitic emails sent to engineering students Tuesday night.

While meant only for members of the group, one of the bags was given out to a member of the Organization of Women Leaders. From there, it was posted on social media and circulated around the campus. He also wonders "just what else those people say when it's just members of the College Republicans". "That's not who we are at CMU", said Damon Brown with the Office of Student Affairs, CMU.

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