CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local Holocaust survivor is calling for the resignation of State Senator Bob Rucho, R-Matthews, after a controversial tweet he published Sunday.
“The man has absolutely no sense of humanity,” said Susan Cernyak-Spatz.
On Sunday morning, Rucho tweeted, “Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis, Soviets & terrorists combined.”
Justice Robert's pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined.— Bob Rucho (@SenatorBobRucho) December 15, 2013
Cernyak-Spatz lost her mother and most of her father’s family in the concentration camps during World War II. She sees an analogy to Obamacare as offensive.
“To compare that to the murders of the holocaust, to the battlefields, to the millions that died, it's insensitive and obscene. Absolutely obscene,” said Cerynak-Spatz.
On Monday, Rucho refused to resign or apologize.
“I'm entitled to my speech. It wasn't derogatory. If it was taken that way, that's because of their own personal problems, not mine.
Rucho said he was making a point about the financial impact of the Affordable Care Act compared to wars.
“Six million people have lost their healthcare, but nobody seems to be concerned about it. I am,” he said.
Even members of Rucho’s own party distanced themselves from his comments, and called on him to apologize.
"The tweet is highly offensive and he should apologize," said NCGOP Chairman Claude Pope.