Tennessee state senator: Critics ‘miss the point’ of blog post comparing Democrats, Nazis


Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

The Tenneessee state senator who in a Monday morning blog post compared Democrats to Nazis said in a follow-up post that critics of his comments didn’t get what he was saying.

“I regret that some people miss the point of my post. It was not to offend,” Rep. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) wrote in a post titled “Here you go.” “It was to warn. 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 the earlier post, he wrote that “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.” The head of the Tennessee Republican Party quickly called on Sen. Campfield to apologize, as have other individuals and groups.

Campfield went on to explain the intent of his original comparison, saying: “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. 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.”

Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings last year, in which pressure cookers were used as explosives, Sen. Campfield posted a photo of an “Assault Pressure Cooker” prefaced by the words, “Here comes Feinstein again.” He was criticized for insensitivity and later explained that he was trying to highlight what he viewed as the absurdity of gun control — that the tools used to commit violence shouldn’t be the focus of reform following a tragedy. He was also criticized earlier last year for referring to a child who wanted to speak with him as “a prop.”

 

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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