SWC: Congressman Cohen Invoking Nazi Comparisons to Republicans, Debases Public Discourse and the True Lessons from Nazi Era

January 20, 2011

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, denounced U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) for comparing Republican opponents of President Obama’s Health Care reforms to ‘Big Lie’ Nazi tactics used by Joseph Goebbels and labeling Republican claims a “blood libel.”

“The inappropriate and outrageous invoking of Nazi imagery by any elected official debases public discourse in our democracy, insults the memory of the victims of the Third Reich and obscures the true lessons that need to be learned from the Nazi era,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “Congressman Cohen joins a growing line of people from both sides of the political divide who inappropriately invoke the ‘Nazi card.’ It was a mistake to do so and shameful that he has refused to apologize.”

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