(JTA) — A Tennessee state senator said he regrets a blog post that compares signups for Obamacare to Nazi “‘train rides’ for Jews in the 40s.”
“Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory (sic) sign ups for “train rides” for Jews in the 40s,” State Sen. Stacey Campfield wrote Monday on his blog under the heading “Thought of the Day.”
Campfield later on Monday issued a statement, also posted as a comment to the blog post, in which he said: “I regret that some people miss the point of my post. It was not to offend. It was to warn.”
“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,” he wrote.
Campfield, a Republican, was condemned by the head of the Tennessee Republican Party.
“While Stacey Campfield routinely makes remarks that are over the top, today’s comments are ignorant and repugnant,” Chris Devaney said in statement. “No political or policy disagreement should ever be compared to the suffering endured by an entire generation of people. Those comments have no place in our public discourse. He should offer an apology to members of the Jewish faith immediately.”