Several action groups and religious communities are expressing outrage because state Sen. Bob Rucho tweeted "Obamacare," meaning the Affordable Care Act, is similar to the damage done by terrorists and the Nazi party.
The Republican from Matthews with the Twitter handle @SenatorBobRucho tweeted Sunday morning: "Justice Robert's pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis, Soviets & terrorists combined."
It took less than 140 characters to spark outrage and shock a 91-year-old woman who said she has seen the worst of humanity.
"I think it was the most offensive, insensitive expression I've ever heard in my life that anyone with an educational background would compare life, Obamacare, to death, the Holocaust," said Holocaust survivor Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz.
Rucho told Channel 9 over the phone his tweet was referring to the act's impact on the economy.
"It will have a bigger negative impact on the working families of America and North Carolina than the financial impact that came from the wars against Germany, against the Soviet Union and against the terrorists," said Rucho. "The negativity that comes from a war is dwarfed by what will happen when Obamacare goes into effect."
Political scientist Dr. Michael Bitzer said Rucho's comment was inappropriate, comparing mass murders to public policy.
He added there may be political repercussions because of it.
"He has to own those comments, and he has to suffer whatever fate and whatever backlash that is currently happening," Bitzer said.
Rucho said he stands by what he said, despite how others may feel about it.
"What do I apologize for? For telling the truth about the financial and economic impacts on America?" he said.
Rucho is now in his seventh term in the state Senate. Petitions have been circulating online for a Rucho apology, even resignation.
The tweet was still posted Monday. Supporters have sent hundreds of retweets and marked the post with dozens of favorites.
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