State lawmaker likens Obamacare sign-ups to Nazi 'train rides'
May 5th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
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State lawmaker likens Obamacare sign-ups to Nazi 'train rides'

Updated 2:56 p.m. ET, 5/5/2014

(CNN) - The Tennessee state Republican Party condemned a member of its own Monday after state Sen. Stacey Campfield compared Obamacare sign-ups to Nazi "train rides."

"While Stacey Campfield routinely makes remarks that are over the top, today's comments are ignorant and repugnant," Tennessee GOP Chairman Chris Devaney said in a statement.

"No political or policy disagreement should ever be compared to the suffering endured by an entire generation of people," he continued. "Those comments have no place in our public discourse. He should offer an apology to members of the Jewish faith immediately."

It started when Campfield, who represents Knoxville, posted a short "thought of the day" Monday morning to his blog.

"Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory (sic) sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s," his blog read.


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Later reached by CNN, Campfield said he regrets that "some people miss the point of my post."

"It was not to offend. It was to warn," he said in an email. "To draw attention to Obamacare and the slippery slope that I see occurring in the lives of myself, my constituents, and the rest of the country with the continued taking of freedom by the federal government."

"In no way was my post meant to diminish or detract from the pain, suffering and loss of human life that occurred during this dark time in human history," he continued. "Instead the post was meant to draw attention to the loss of freedom that we are currently experiencing. I stand by my steadfast opposition to Obamacare."

CNN's Ashley Killough and Adam Levy contributed to this report.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Now you can see why the GOP is the party of the brain dead.

    May 5, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. freedom

    Bold comment – I don't disagree.

    May 5, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Yes, because giving people access to healthcare is the same as exterminating people in a concentration camp ....

    May 5, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. ProudDem

    Well I'm pleased to see at least some courage by the leadership to stand up to a nut job.

    May 5, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    "CNN has reached out to Campfield for further comment."
    Yes please, I would love to hear lots more comments from the loony right wing of the GOP.
    There is no better liberal promotion or commercial than a right winger extremist with their mouth open and no filter.

    May 5, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Richard in Houston

    Where are the Tea Party and Republican backers? Not a sound? Oh wait maybe, nope sorry it was just the crickets.

    May 5, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    That's the most asinine comment I've read or heard since the last time some reichwing nut compared something they were against to Nazis.

    May 5, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    --not even a fool will ever vote to these brain dead republicans. I think this Republican Party is almost EXTINCT IN USA. Very pathetic idiots of republicans.

    May 5, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Who cares? These people can say whatever they want to and mean it. Then when someone calls them out for it, they simply offer a fake unmeaning apology and everyone forgets they even said it. And then they pick up more backers. As long as they are against the ACA they are aces to their supporters. Many of whom could use the ACA to visit a dentist.

    May 5, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Tom

    Republicans really ought to take a vow of silence. It seems like every time one opens his mouth, another embarrassing scandal develops.

    May 5, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Well I'm pleased to see at least some courage by the leadership to stand up to a nut job
    Oh I don't know ProudDem.
    I was hoping that the so called GOPer leadership would fail, yet again to call this nutjob out.
    The GOP is putting forth extra effort into helping voters forgetr that a couple of months ago, and for the 6 years prior to that, any memebr of their Party could say ANYTHING against Dems and in particulasr this administration with the tacit sanction of the GOPer leadership.
    I guess that that GOP has caught on to the fact that voters are tired of their members acting like a bunch of uncooth, bigotted, hateful loonies.
    They are therefore trying to clean up that image by trying to appear to be sensible, patriotic, and respectful human beings (which they are not) just in time for the mid-term elections.
    If you can't change the person, and the culture of crazed disrespect and hatred that they have created, they can at least appear to sanction those that act crazy and disrespectful.
    Too little, too late and too FAKE as far as my vote is concerned fellas.

    May 5, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. vikingwoman

    So many references to historical atrocities by the GOPT! Unfortunately history will remember this particular set of T-Party crazies as a bunch of angry, do-nothing's, who think histrionics &hatred equal accomplishment! Bring on the assorted Nuts for 2016!!

    May 5, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Denise

    It reminds me of when Bozo the Clown (Glen Beck) compared Wall Street and bank bailouts to Nazi Germany. Hey moron, the government is going to pay you, the Nazis were coming to kill you.....

    May 5, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Denise

    Let them talk! We all suspect who they are and what they believe. When they open their mouths, it removes all doubt!

    May 5, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Lolo

    Everytime they disagree with President Obama they bring up the Nazis. These GOP Deadheads are nothing but the KKK under cover. If they did help free the slaves why are they complaining about black people now? Nothing but a boatload of hypocrits. I hope that they all burn in you know where. Karma is waiting for these clowns. Slowly but surely they are dying off. Whether in sickness, or inclement weather karma is catching up to them. An they call themselves Christians. God will show them who the real Christians are come judgement day, that I can promise you. They anyone who is not white. So Sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. toveri

    can't the Right just keep their mouth shut for 5 more months

    May 5, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    can't the Right just keep their mouth shut for 5 more months

    May 5, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Jules

    Pathetic, ignorant people. This stupid running of the mouth must be bred into them.

    May 5, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. smith

    Both parties need to curb alot of these stupid radical comments. The comparison of someone to Hitler or a party to the Nazis, Taliban, or AQ. As well as calling people terrorist, racist, or sexist. These radical comments only divide the parties further apart as well as the people of the US.

    May 5, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. salty dog

    Freedom, one might say that denying those in need the right to healthcare is a train ride too

    May 5, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. TONE


    can't the Right just keep their mouth shut for 5 more months

    No let them keep talking their way out of the congress, senate, and the white house, and I hope they stay out forever. Evil has no place in leadership, their policies are similar to that hitler's only no concentration camps racist yes.

    May 5, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Dead Bear

    Just another Republican who needs hit over the head with a history book.

    May 5, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    We all know this is what the whole Repugnant Con party thinks (with their collective brain). His hate-filled, egregious comment probably won some more support from their base.

    May 5, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    The GOP is constantly talking about Nazi Germany but fail to express the fact that those that talk about all that Aryan crap vote Republikkkan. Every single one of them because they want to do the same thing to us.

    May 5, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Gunderson

    UM, Well,
    So someone practiced his freedom of speech. Didn't hurt anyone as far as I can tell. Obama Care, the Liberals latest attempt to level the playing field is only keeping business offshore where it isn't helping anyone here. Other Famous Last Words: Bill Clinton. We could let you keep more of your money but you wouldn't know how to spend it. Obama. If you like your health care, you can keep your health care, period.

    Like it or not, nobody has a right to affordable health care. No one has a right to affordable housing. Both are being tried, both are economic failures. I have 17.6 Trillion reasons for saying it. Not to mention the debt is going up. But don't worry, your Nanny will take care of you, or not.

    May 5, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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