State Republican Party chairman Chris Devaney criticized Congressman Steve Cohen Wednesday for comparing Republican rhetoric on health care to the work of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
“During a time when there are widespread calls to tone down the political rhetoric, it is unbelievable that Congressman Cohen would resort to such reckless rhetoric,” Devaney said in a statement.
“Whether for or against the repeal of the new health care law, we should be able to have a healthy debate on this issue, and we call on Congressman Cohen to apologize for his remarks,” Devaney said.
Cohen, D-Memphis, made his comments Tuesday night in a speech on the House floor.
“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing.”
“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it — believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care,” Cohen said.