Sometimes all you have to do is repeat a politician’s own words. Like Senator Bob Rucho’s tweet: “Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined.”
(Note to grammar cops: Yes, his tweet said “has,” not “have” and “then,” not “than.”)
It appears from Rucho’s Twitter profile that the tweet was posted at 4:41 am Sunday. Maybe he was hacked. Or maybe 4:41 am is not a good time to be tweeting. You’re up either too early or too late.
This gives Democrats an opportunity. They can ask random Republicans: Do you agree with Senator Rucho?
First let’s ask state GOP Chair Claude Pope. He has shown he does not tolerate comparisons to Nazis.
Pope pounced this summer when columnist and UNC-TV host D.G. Martinmade an oblique reference to Nazis in a column about North Carolina politics.
Pope called Martin’s column “inexcusable, disgusting and shameful.” He called on UNC-TV to suspend Martin’s show, lest his comments “damage the reputation of an otherwise upstanding organization.”
“It’s a shame that UNC-TV televises such a divisive, toxic personality with our taxpayer funds,” he went on. “We call on UNC-TV to suspend this program while they evaluate their relationship with their host who made such an outrageous and damaging comparison. Such divisive hyperbole only serves to confuse and trivialize issues that are important to North Carolinians, who all deserve a formal apology.”
Both Carter and I posted blogs pointing out how much of a stretch it was to say D.G. had compared Republicans to Nazis. Carter wrote, “Ole Claude, out of paranoia, foolishness, or a plain mean streak, indulged in a fact twist.”
Nevertheless, D.G. stood up and said: “I’m very sorry that I offended some people, and I apologize. Period.”
Will Claude Pope hold Senator Rucho to the same standard to which he held D.G.? Will any big-name Republican have the courage say Rucho went too far? Will Rucho apologize?
We’re all atwitter with anticipation.