NC Politician: Obamacare More Damaging than Nazis

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MATTHEWS, N.C. – On 7:41 Sunday morning, Senator Bob Rucho, a Republican who represents Mecklenburg County, tweeted to several hundred followers. “Justice Robert’s (sic) pen & Obamacare has (sic) done more damage to the USA then (sic) the swords of the Nazis, Soviets & Terrorists combined.”

Grammar issues aside, the comment sparked controversy. About six hours later, Rucho, a dentist by trade, followed up with, “Those that tweeted, put your thinking caps back on: ‘The PEN is mightier than the SWORD.’ Edward Bulwar-Lytton, (sic) 1839. But surely you knew that.”

Charlotte’s Temple Beth El Senior Rabbi Judy Schindler says, “I thought Senator Rucho’s comments were deeply offensive. And reckless and dangerous. I was shocked and astounded that he would use such language and compare health care legislation to the atrocities of the Holocaust in which 11 million people were systematically murdered, and more than six million Jews; many of whom are relatives of my own family and relatives of the families of our community. I would hope he would recognize his mistakes and try to mend them.”

“It’s the truth, so why would I apologize for something that’s the truth?” says Rucho. Rucho says his tweet was misinterpreted. Rucho says his critics need to understand he was using Soviets, terrorists, and Nazis to demonstrate the number of people impacted negatively by the Affordable Care Act.

WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty asked Rucho, “Do you see some of their concern with comparing, even on a numbers basis, the atrocities that were committed against Jews during Nazi Germany, and Obamacare?” Rucho replied, “I’ll repeat myself to you again, Morgan, it has nothing to do with anything about specifics, whether it be Jews or anything. When you say the word Nazi does that mean you condone it? Absolutely not. It may be offensive to some people, and I feel bad about that, because they misrepresented or misunderstood the purpose of the tweet. But it’s still the truth. Why should I back away from the truth?”

The chairman of the NC GOP asked Rucho to apologize. Rucho declined. As for the timing of the tweet—7:41 Sunday morning—Rucho says that’s simply when he woke up. He also says he had been thinking about it (the Affordable Care Act) for the “last week or two” and that he’s “frustrated no one seems to be aware or concerned about it.”