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Comparing and contrasting responses to public comments about Nazis

Posted By Rob Schofield On December 17, 2013 @ 3:26 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Bob Rucho [1]Senator Bob Rucho is far from the first person to make the boneheaded mistake of comparing something in modern American politics to Nazi Germany [2]; lots of people have made the same ridiculous error. That said, it is interesting to compare and contrast the responses that such comments can provoke.

Four months ago when UNC-TV host D.G. Martin — a Democrat — made an ill-considered allusion/comparison to Nazi Germany in one of his syndicated columns, Claude Pope, the head on the North Carolina Republican Party, called Martin derogatory names [3] and demanded he be ousted from his TV job [4]. Now mind you, this was despite the fact Martin immediately apologized for having made the comparison and does not hold a position of political or government leadership.

Compare this to the Rucho flap — a situation in which the senator (one of the most powerful elected officials in North Carolina) has refused to apologize and, indeed, has doubled-down on the comment [5] by claiming critics are members of “socialist elites.”  This time, all Pope has done is call for an apology [6].

Perhaps Pope has a plan to help promote a primary opponent against Rucho in 2014 — rumors have it that this may be the case — but if he really believes that such offensive comparisons ought to be grounds for removal from office, he ought to say so publicly and today.


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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Bob-Rucho.jpg

[2] comparing something in modern American politics to Nazi Germany: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/16/rucho-tweet-makes-national-headlines/

[3] called Martin derogatory names: http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/tv_book_host_columnist_dg_martin_apologizes_for_nazi_references

[4] demanded he be ousted from his TV job: http://www.wral.com/ncgop-seeks-ouster-of-unc-tv-host/12734835/

[5] has refused to apologize and, indeed, has doubled-down on the comment: http://obsdailyviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/rucho-i-wont-apologize-for-saying-truth.html

[6] call for an apology: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/16/4549250/nc-gop-asks-sen-bob-rucho-to-apologize.html#.UrCx6NsXXjs

[7] Greensboro N&R: “Rucho’s rant can’t disguise his incredible lack of historical perspective”: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/20/greensboro-nr-ruchos-rant-cant-disguise-his-incredible-lack-of-historical-perspective/

[8] Senator Bob Rucho needs to apologize ASAP: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/16/senator-bob-rucho-needs-to-apologize-asap/

[9] NC teachers: public education is headed in the wrong direction: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/01/02/nc-teachers-public-education-is-headed-in-the-wrong-direction/

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