New Hampshire State Rep. Stella Tremblay has a reputation for latching onto conspiracies and never letting go. She is a birther and also holds onto the erroneous belief that Abraham Lincoln removed the original Thirteenth Amendment from the Constitution, replacing a prohibition on titles of nobility with the one abolishing slavery.
Known as “Thirteenthers,” these people believe that a Thirteenth Amendment that would strip American citizenship of anyone who accepted a title from a foreign country was approved by the states. The Amendment garnered significant support in the 1810s. At one point, it was ratified by 11 of the 13 states needed to become part of the Constitution. Ultimately, it was ratified by 12 states. Yet by that time, 14 states were needed for it to be included in the Constitution.
Both Virginia and South Carolina ratified the amendment with one house of the legislature but not the second. That led to confusion by some that the amendment was adopted as part of the Constitution. It was not.
Tremblay is one the true believers of what she calls the “original Thirteenth Amendment.” She introduced legislation requiring New Hampshire to recognize it. House Bill 638 rambles on about a fictitious world where Abraham Lincoln’s imposition of martial law during the Civil War exists up to today. Somehow, this means the entire Constitution is void, replaced by a corporation chartered in the District of Columbia.
This nutty interpretation is explained by the Huffington Post, which contacted Tremblay’s adviser David Johnson.
Johnson, who advises Tremblay on historical matters, cited many of the beliefs held by supporters of the alternative 13th Amendment. He said that the amendment was ratified and then removed from the Constitution by President Abraham Lincoln, adding that Lincoln’s actions dissolved the United States and that the president did not emancipate the slaves. Johnson also claimed that the United States is still subject to Lincoln’s declaration of martial law and is now under the control of Queen Elizabeth II.
But that’s not all. During Tremblay’s testimony before a committee, she said that Woodrow Wilson believed in Adolf Hitler’s racial theories. While it is true that Wilson did not believe in equality of the races, it is highly unlikely that he knew anything about Hitler’s theories. Wilson died in February 1924, which was just after Hitler’s failed beer hall putsch. Hitler was going on trial at that time for high treason.
Perhaps Wilson had heard of Hitler. More than likely, he had not as Hitler was not an international figure at that time. Besides, Wilson’s presidency ended in 1921, when Hitler was a small-time political organizer. It is safe to say that Hitler did not have any influence on Wilson.
Nevertheless, compared to the rest of her theories, Tremblay’s views on Wilson sound almost factual, but it’s wrapped inside a twisted view of American history that claims the Founding Fathers tried to abolish slavery.
“Woodrow Wilson, because he was a sympathizer and he believed in the Aryan race, he believed that Hitler was correct in the races, where our Founding Fathers believed that all men were created equal…He went through all the educational material and wiped out all the — anything that he could about the true history, about how the slaves were a really good integral part.”
How do these people keep getting elected to office?