Harlan Crow is a respected Dallas real estate developer and long-time contributor to Republican and libertarian causes.

He’s a champion of the free market and he’s an intense student of history. He's a successful developer who has left a broad and meaningful signature on Dallas real estate.

He’s also a collector of historical memorabilia, and has amassed a number of statues of fallen dictators from the Eastern Bloc and Middle East, as well as items from the defeat of Nazi Germany.

His collection of statues includes Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Nicolae Ceausescu, Fidel Castro, and other Communist leaders — what he calls his "dead dictators."

For Crow, the statues stand as mute testaments to the defeat of an ideology so different from the one he embraces. His collection is considered among the largest private statuaries in the world — stone scalps, you might say, of battles won yesterday.

How do I know this?

Because I know Harlan. Personally. He’s had me in his office, his home, and he’s even spent time talking politics and real estate with me.

So I know what the heck I’m talking about.

And yet now one Democrat Congresswoman is using his celebration of the defeat of ideologies of tyranny and hate to smear the man as some of kind of Nazi sympathizer.

It’s absolutely despicable. Here’s the smear story today, reported as usual with a laziness and deference to Democrats that you expect from the mainstream media.

Democrats denounced Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio Tuesday over his campaign’s plans to hold a fundraiser at the spacious estate of a Texas real estate tycoon who collects Nazi artifacts. The fundraiser happened to be scheduled during Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest day on the faith’s calendar.

Rubio, the junior, first-term U.S. senator from Florida, was holding the event in conservative philanthropist Harlan Crow’s home library, which features two paintings by Adolf Hitler, a signed copy of the dictator's "Mein Kampf," and a cabinet full of dinnerware and linens used by the Fuhrer, according to the Dallas Morning News. Tickets for the fundraising event ranged from $1,000 per person to $10,800.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz condemned the fundraiser as a “gross act of disrespect,” especially in light of Florida’s sizable Jewish population.

No, Debbie, you flinging the Nazi accusation is the gross act of disrespect, and it's wrong. You diminish victims of oppression and you are smearing a man just because of petty politics. This is gutter politics.

We live in an age where many progressives are indistinguishable from ISIS goons who destroy art and artifacts they don’t like, and where history must be erased lest some delicate snowflake gets their “feels” hurt.

So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

But I am disgusted. And you should be, too.