In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.
“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it–believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care. Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover,” Cohen said.
What do you think?
Answer by LoriKeet at 5:06 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
It will be interesting how Dem leaders respond about this. I can't wait for the excuses to start rolling out. I guess we cheered Grayson's departure a little too early. Looks like someone wants to take his place as jester.
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:13 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
Answer by pam19 at 5:23 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
While I personally think that the GOP is lying or misleading the public about many healthcare issues, I think our political leaders--on both sides--need to stop comparing people on the other side to Nazis.
Answer by Sisteract at 5:43 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
I don't think anyone should use the Holocaust as a comparison. Thankfully it was to an almost empty chamber.
He did make a statement of apology. I've accepted it and I'm not Jewish or Christian. Forgiveness is a beautiful thing.
“I would certainly never do anything to diminish the horror of the Nazi Holocaust as I revere and respect the history of my people,” he said. “I regret that anyone in the Jewish community, my Republican colleagues or anyone else was offended by the portrayal of my comments. My comments were not directed toward any group or people but at the false message and, specifically, the method by which it has been delivered.”
Answer by parrishsky at 5:43 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
Answer by LoriKeet at 6:40 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
Answer by agentwanda at 9:37 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
Answer by DEpley at 10:49 PM on Jan. 20, 2011