California County GOP Leader Addresses Unearthed Video With Nazi Imagery

The chairman of the San Diego Republican Party in California explained how his photo came to be in a video also containing Nazi imagery, saying it was made by members of a "hacker group" he was once part of.

Tony Krvaric spoke out after a video, reportedly from the early 90s, shows him on screen as a digitized image of Adolf Hitler bounces around shaking his arm, which has a swastika badge on it.

When it initially resurfaced and was reported on by local outlet KPBS, Krvaric tweeted: "To go back 30 years to when I was a teenage computer nerd to smear me is low."

He added the video was "a computer animation programmed by someone else on a computer that's been defunct for three decades."

Krvaric subsequently wrote: "For the record any Nazi imagery is disgusting. I didn't create the computer animation, didn't choose the graphics, and I obviously don't support anything like that."

Further explaining the video, after a backlash from figureheads in San Diego, he said it was made when he was part of a group of computer game hackers name Fairlight—the name of which scrolls across the screen throughout the video.

The group would crack games, removing copyright protections, then also make videos to highlight their computer skills.

Kravric told The San Diego Union-Tribune: "Usually it would be some bravado about girls or 'Our hacker group is better than your hacker group. It's basically like graffiti gangs.

"Fairlight probably cracked hundreds of games and made over 200 demos over two primary computers."

Krvaric reiterated that he found the images "in bad taste."

"Of course it's in bad taste and it's offensive. All those things go without saying," he said.

He also shared a link to the article detailing his latest comments, writing "FOR THE RECORD" alongside the post. The video, he claimed, had previously been "shopped around" to media outlets to try and smear him.

Krvaric was elected San Diego County Republican Party chairman in 2007. He announced earlier this year he will not seek another term and will stand down when his current tenure ends in January 2021.

Announcing this, he said despite stepping down he would "find other ways to serve."

"Politics is in my blood. Rest assured I am not going away but will find other ways to serve and advance freedom," he said.

Newsweek has contacted Tony Krvaric for further comment.

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