Oct 8, 2013 1:36 PM by Faye DeHoff
PHOENIX - The Arizona Region of the Anti-Defamation League today is harshly condemning Arizona State Representative Brenda Barton for referring to President Obama as "Der Fuhrer."
The Republican Representative from Payson, in a series of Facebook posts on Monday, complained about President Obama and "Der Fuhrer," who she said is in charge of the shutdown. She also called on county sheriffs to reopen national parks.
Barton wrote on her Facebook:
"Someone is paying the National Park Service thugs overtime for their efforts to carry out the order of Der Fuhrer... where are our Constitutional Sheriffs who can revoke the Park Service Rangers authority to arrest??? Do we have any Sheriffs with a pair?"
In a follow-up interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, Barton reportedly went on to say that "...America under Obama is looking a lot like the early days of Germany under Hitler."
Arizona Regional Director Bill Straus and Regional Board Chair Miriam Weisman issued the following statement:
"No matter how strong one's objections to anything or anyone, invoking the Holocaust and the man who orchestrated it is offensive and has no place in civil discourse. While Holocaust analogies generate headlines and get attention, they do little in the service of truth, history or memory. The Holocaust was a singular historical event that's impact should never be trivialized by irrational comparisons. Rep. Barton's comments are profoundly insensitive to both those who lived through the Holocaust and the memories of those who did not."