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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
Senator Bob Rucho is far from the first person to make the boneheaded mistake of comparing something in modern American politics to Nazi Germany ; 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  and demanded he be ousted from his TV job . 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  by claiming critics are members of “socialist elites.” This time, all Pope has done is call for an apology .
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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 Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Bob-Rucho.jpg
 comparing something in modern American politics to Nazi Germany: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/16/rucho-tweet-makes-national-headlines/
 called Martin derogatory names: http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/tv_book_host_columnist_dg_martin_apologizes_for_nazi_references
 demanded he be ousted from his TV job: http://www.wral.com/ncgop-seeks-ouster-of-unc-tv-host/12734835/
 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
 call for an apology: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/16/4549250/nc-gop-asks-sen-bob-rucho-to-apologize.html#.UrCx6NsXXjs
 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/
 Senator Bob Rucho needs to apologize ASAP: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/16/senator-bob-rucho-needs-to-apologize-asap/
 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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