CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mecklenburg County residents will join faith leaders, Obamacare beneficiaries and Rucho’s district constituents on Thursday morning for a press conference and petition delivery in front of Sen. Bob Rucho’s dentist office in Charlotte.
The state senator from Matthews ignited a firestorm on twitter Sunday after he compared President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to acts committed by Nazis, Soviets, and terrorists.
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
After a flurry of replies, he responded at 1:14 p.m., “Those that tweeted, put your thinking caps back on: ‘The PEN is mightier than the SWORD’,” adding, “But surely you knew that.”
The initial tweet had prompted 206 retweets as of Sunday night, and several responses.
Fellow Mecklenburg delegation lawmaker Rep. Tricia Cotham tweeted, “It’s often wise to think before your tweet.”
Twitter user @Atnor replied, “When will politicians learn Nazi and terrorist comparisons are simply no-win; this just makes u look foolish.”
And artist @laurelgreen tweeted, “Do ppl still not understand that whoever brings up Nazis first loses ANY argument?”
In an earlier version of this story, it was reported that Senator Rucho had not addressed concerns or comments regarding the original tweet; this is incorrect. Senator Rucho has spoken with NBC Charlotte regarding the tweet in a story that aired earlier this week.