Skip to comments.Rep. Steve Cohen apologizes for Nazi comments
Posted on 01/20/2011 1:34:03 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Rep. Steve Cohen apologizes for Nazi comments
By: Jennifer Epstein January 20, 2011 02:00 PM EST
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) is insisting that he didnt mean to call his Republican colleagues Nazis for their opposition to the health care reform law, but nonetheless is apologizing to anyone offended by what he said on the House floor earlier this week.
In a statement released midday Thursday, Cohen said he wants to be clear that I never called Republicans Nazis. Rather, he said, he referred to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in a Tuesday night floor speech because he considers Republicans to be peddling propaganda in their opposition to health care reform.
The reference I made was to the greatest propaganda master of all time, he said. Propaganda, which is called messaging today, can be true or false. In this case, the message is false.
In his floor speech, Cohen said:They say its a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. Thats the same kind of thing.
He continued to say that 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 and people have come to believe that too.
Cohen, who is Tennessees first Jewish congressman, also used the statement to apologize to fellow Jews.
I would certainly never do anything to diminish the horror of the Nazi Holocaust as I revere and respect the history of my people, he said.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
And now he’ll get hammered by the left for the apology. LOL
He did not apologize. He merely regrets that people didn’t like what he said.
Day late, a dollar short, Cohenidiot.
I think he should resign. But then, I am in his district, unfortunately.
That’s an apology? Only Politico would think so. He’s digging himself in deeper.
That is a non-apology apology if there ever was one......................
“Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) is insisting that he didnt mean to call his Republican colleagues Nazis...”
....they just ACT like them. Thanks for the apology.
Oh, don't you just love those non-apology apologies? He is not sorry for what he said and still means it, he is sorry if that offends you. Or, in other words, "sorry but tough crap". I stand by my remarks. Dipsh*t.
I've come the conclusion that most lefties never out-grew of childish emotional immaturity and the need to acto out.
TRANSLATION: “Gee whiz...I didn’t mean to call Republicans Nazis. It’s just that they are EXACTLY LIKE Nazis.”
A Republican would have had to resign by now.
Awww, bite me Cohen......your a motard!
AFO (apology for offence) when it should be AFW (apology for wrong)
And then the left-wing Politico makes up a headline to cover for what they know is egregious behaviour.
Rep. Steve Cohen (Dummkopf-Tenn.)
That’s NOT an apology.
He better resign or we get the green light to start tell EVERYONE how the Dum Policies fit into the NATIONAL SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY policies.
What a prime example of the non-apology apology! “I’m really sorry morons out there took offense to my brilliant and incisive political remarks. I really didn’t say what I said. Everyone misunderstood what I said and I’m sorry about that.
Here’s how a decent person would respond: What I said was wrong on many levels and I’m sorry for my offensive comments. I make no excuse and blame no one but myself for what I said and I ask forgiveness from everyone I offended with my words.
But that would be a decent person.
Sorry, that is NO apology.
Now I got your interest ppl...
the idiot is just that.... “my people”
translated, “I got My ass handed to me by the population”
If you see an actual apology in that steaming pile your eyes are better than mine!
Having lived in Memphis 40 years, he was on a radio program in the early 90’s when he was defending his stand against prayer in the public schools. He was a state rep. then as I remember.
Steve Cohen was the only one that voted against prayer in schools.
I called, but was immediately cut off when they understood my stand for prayer in the public schools.
Cohen is only for himself and not for the citizens, he should be out of there? He loves to grandstand, and we no longer need those kind of people in the Senate nor the House?
So is it an apology or a defense of his remarks.
He’s as Pelosi might say.. ‘Homegrown’ ,, came up thru the local ranks
Politico/Cohen said almost word for word what GB said on his radio program this am.
It's a setup for GB.
A man like that is incapable of paying a sincere apology to anybody about anything.
I think we should ban Politico from being cited ~ nothing they have over there that can't be found elsewhere.
This is confusing. I’ve seen one story that says that Cohen now says he didn’t say what he said, another that said he stands by what he said, and now one that says he apologized for what he said.
And I’m pretty sure all three stories were referring to the same statement he issued about what he said.
“I didn’t say you WERE Nazis. I said you were JUST LIKE Nazis. It’s totally different!”
Babel is what flows out of liberals mouths, it means 'confusion'... The twit said what he said when he said it and it is on the record.... Congressional Record that is.... Wonder why liberals would LIE about the Nazis...
He just did the usual Democrat act of accusing his oppostition of exactly what his party is doing. Ramming Obama’s health law down our throats is very much like Hitler’s nation-destroying laws.
I’m not saying that Rep. Cohen is a paedophile, but . . .
Gee!I thought the Liar said that he didn’t call Republican’s Nazi’s.Well which was it.
Time for him to go.
“Wonder why liberals would LIE about the Nazis... “
For some reason, I’m reminded of Michael Moore being outraged that someone was putting on a Leni Riefenstahl film festival. I figured what really bugged him was the thought that people might notice the similarities between his and Riefenstahl’s works.
Well Stevie baby, whether you meant it or not, you did directly associate the republicans with Goebbels, a nazi... Your apology is not acceptable since you are still in denial with your words. I would suggest that you resign since you are not worthy enough to hold the office of Congressional Representative.......
Next time some non-political crazy person shoots somebody— it’s Steve Cohen’s fault.
Sure sounded like he did to me. I guess he just needs a lesson in “Spinning” events into something other that what is obvious to most people.
Doubt this would be considered a good or even marginal case of back spinning. This Spin was just pathetic and he should be made to pay for this in his future reelection bid.
Who did he apologize to? The Nazis, for comparing them to Republicans?
A man can be so filled with hatred, and yet we have a strong majority of press . . . just consumed with hatred of Sarah Palin.
I must admit that I have given no time considering what outrages the limousine liberal Moore.
Me too. Scenic Hills area.
Well, this was a good while ago — probably in the early-mid 90s, when I was still paying a bit of attention to libs and moderates.
“Im not saying that Rep. Cohen is a paedophile, but . . .”
... heh heh heh ....
The TN 9th district is 60% black. It might be best if a solid, black tea partier was recruited to run in 2012.
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