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. Good Ole Mr. Wilson

    When someone isn't clever enough to argue by stating facts, they resort to name calling or violence. Do we need more Republicans like this in power?

    May 5, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. just someone

    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
    Of course the use of reich is not a veiled attempt to call the republicans Nazi. I know this because you call them down for it so you would never do it yourself.

    May 5, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    How anyone who isn't a millionaire supports these people boggles my mind....

    May 5, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "I have 17.6 Trillion reasons for saying it"

    Really? Seeing as how the national debt is almost entirely caused by the unfunded Iraq war, the unfunded Afghanistan war, the unfunded Bush tax cuts, the unfunded Medicare Part D plan and the Great Recession, I'd really like to know how you came up with almost 18 trillion reasons why affordable health care and affordable housing have caused the national debt. Please, do explain...IN DETAIL.

    May 5, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Dan5404

    Pure, uinadulterated ignorance. You may call it free speech, but I call it free of any redeeming character.

    May 5, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "The comparison of someone to Hitler or a party to the Nazis, Taliban, or AQ."

    That, I can certainly get on board with. Those analogies are entirely broken no matter who or what we're talking about.

    "As well as calling people terrorist, racist, or sexist. "

    Nope. Domestic terrorists and domestic terrorism exist. Racists and racism exist. Sexists and sexism exist. They shall be called by their names and pointed at whenever and wherever they decide to appear. Ignoring them will not make them go away or fix the problem. Pretending they don't exist will not make them go away or fix the problem. Caving in to their whining and butthurt over being labeled accurately for what they do and say and believe will not make them go away or fix the problem. Sorry, but your post only got it half right.

    May 5, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Didn't hurt anyone as far as I can tell."

    I'm sure the ani-defamation league would be to differ.

    May 5, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Anonymous


    UM, Well,
    So someone practiced his freedom of speech. Didn't hurt anyone as far as I can tell.. .... ....
    Someone practiced their freedom of speech. It didn't offend everyone as far as I can tell. Oh well.

    May 5, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. rs

    See, now? This is how and why loyal Americans get to say the GOP has lost it's freakin' mind. Health care insurance is now equal to "a Nazi train ride"? There is simply no logic here- just over the top, hyperbolic insanity- and these people want to be elected to government?!

    The GOP- the greatest enemy America has met since WWII!

    May 5, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Are we living in AMERICA?

    I agree with you Good Ole Mr. Wilson.

    But I sadly have to admit, ONCE a racist ALWAYS a racist and sadly Republicans/Tea Partiers are doing an awesome job of it.

    I though AMERICA was the land of the FREE? we are suppose to embrace equality, diversity and our Heritage. They seem to forget that the American Indians and Mexican live here before them, they should respect everyone no matter what their lifestyle/Religion is. Otherwise move out as we are all here to stay.

    Whether they like it or not!


    May 5, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. rs

    salty dog
    Freedom, one might say that denying those in need the right to healthcare is a train ride too
    Salty- you're dealing with someone who thinks the "Hunger Games" might be worth a try as national policy.

    May 5, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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