January 19th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Democrat compares Republican 'lies' to Nazi: Join the Live Chat

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Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen is comparing Republicans who he says lie about health care to Nazis. Remember all the talk of toning down the rhetoric? Apparently that was last week. We're Keeping Them Honest. Plus, a follow up to our Kids, Guns and Politics report last night on the Florida state lawmakers who want to make it illegal for pediatricians to ask a patient if they have a gun in the home. The co-sponsor of the bill we had on last night said we didn't have the facts. Now he admits he was wrong. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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  1. Ken H.

    What part of liberal bastion of TN is Cohen from? He was/is very creepy with his references to Nazis and the KKK. TN please vote this guy out, horrible.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm |

    Thwe UK has libel and slander laws which at least give a legal requirement to tell the turth. It is far from perfecer, but lacking such laws you have competing propagandea machines.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  3. lisal -canada

    kind of a fine line between propaganda and marketing – both exist to promote and sell a product, be it material or intellectual

    January 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Kaytee

    Really? The tea party say things like that all of the time and you are all silent!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  5. sam duarte

    Republican's are masters in the tactic of repetition for the sake of propaganda. A German Nazi mastered this first.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Clara Mae Wells

    I'm an independent, and I'd just like to commend you guys for being balanced. Too many people compare CNN to Fox News (being as far left as they are far right), and it's just not true.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Paul

    I understand your displeasure with the Congressmen analogy but if u listened carefully he explained did make a distinction...It's unfortunate that Gerbbles WAS a Nazi but one can't discount that he WAS a propaganda master and DID spin the truth to achieve his goals...he could've used a different organisation or institution but what the Congressman was saying FACTUALLY stands...can that past with you...

    January 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Ralph

    This guy cohen Needs to be fired for his Hate Speech...If it is a repub...there would be such an outrage!!!Thanks Anderson for keeping it real!!!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  9. ninja

    we need more ppl like him in D party

    January 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    The Representative has a point about "lies", however, again, he needed to find a better analogy to communicate what he is trying to say.
    Using Nazi's IS offensive, no matter what side uses it!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Nina

    Cohen would have been wiser if he admitted to making the mistake.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Kel Fisher


    The Republicans have been following the playbook of the Nazis for years. Democrats have taken the high road too long, and have not shot back at the ignorance that is being spread. It's about time that someone stood up to the lies being spread by Republicans, and tell the people the truth.

    I'm glad Cohen said what he said.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Graham

    Give me a break. While Rep. Cohen probably should not have invoked the Nazis, I think his comparisons are well informed. I did not hear him call anyone a Nazi. He's simply made a comparison to the tactics used.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  14. charlie

    Since none of us can fully explain the details of the bill, I think much remains to be seen over time. Both parties, of course, have a right to their point of view.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  15. susantrappe

    The analogy is correct. Cohen is stating that the Republicans are lying and they are.
    They talk about "death panels, and all the other propaganda.
    He is calling it like he sees it.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Jake

    Cohen is right GOP manipulates people on behalf of the wealthy, they even try tell people that health care is bad for them. It is our tax dollars coming back to us in form of health care, just like it should be. Goebbels was a master manipulator and used his skill in service of oppression.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Marilyn

    Hi: As a child of Holocaust survivors, I hate it whenever anyone uses Nazi imagery. It diminishes the horror and the suffering of those who experienced the terror of the Shoah.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Jenetta

    Rep. Cohen keeps using the word "politified" and it's not a word

    January 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Nicole The Netherlands

    Question; why are the birthers still believing the lies spread about the President?!
    Answer; Because it is still repeated somewhere by someone..
    Sorry Anderon I don't agree with you on this one.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Emily Snedden

    I think Cohen takes "mudslinging" to a new level.
    His crude comments are offensive and incorrect.
    I am very surprised that there wasn't more coverage.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Lilarose in Oregon

    I totally agree with Rep. Cohen! He brought in a Nazi's tactics, not all the Nazi's. Why do we have to not remember what the Nazi's did? I thought we aren't supposed to forget or history will repeat itself. I was proud of him for using a particular Nazi's tactics to compare with what some in the U.S. do, talking about death squads which would not give sick people care, as one example......

    January 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Cessy - Chicago

    Hello! and good evening wonderful AC360 staff and fans!

    Hi! Anderson 🙂

    January 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Gary

    Too much rhetoric from all sides and not enough talk about what is actually in the law. The media is also guilty of ignoring the content of the law and focusing on everyone's spin.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  24. mark

    i believe that this is completely unrelated to other inflammatory rhetotric. Cohen was comparing tactics not the actual person compared to tea party members comparing obama to hitler himself, not hitler's tactics.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  25. David

    Mr. Cohen is right on target. The Tea Party is rooted in racism and discrimination and kudos to him to opening dialogue on this subject

    January 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I hope that will not pass the bill repeal healthcare as well.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Reyhan

    Steve Cohen is right...why don't you keep
    the Republicans honest...they are lying
    about health care. It is not a government

    and you are wrong!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Nina

    'Not everything about healthcare reform is perfect or ideal. The Democrats seem unwilling to accept that.'

    Healthcare may not be perfect, but it is a start. Healthcare could have been much better without GOP interference.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  29. Michaela

    Anderson it is very clear he is by no means calling the republicans Nazi's. He is saying they are using the same tactic. That is fine, and also the truth.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. Here comes more incindiary rhetoric. Why not just say you feel strongly that the Republicans are wrong (as I do) without bringing Nazi talk into it at all.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  31. Nicole The Netherlands

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 Team, Emily, Jo Ann, Starr, Megan, Sharon, Heather, Gloria, and Bloggers.

    I understand what Steve Cohen is trying to say.
    And it is true `tell a lie over and over again and the people will believe it`.
    Joseph Goebbels was the master, and people still study his tactics. (not to say the tea party does)

    January 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  32. susan vest

    what is wrong with this man?.............

    January 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Adam

    The few times I've watched, I disagree with you, but I commend you for the interview you did with Rep. Steve Cohen. From a future Republican Congressman, hopefully.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  34. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    The analogy that the Representative is trying to make is most certainly a poor choice and unacceptable.
    If the man is well educated, i am certain he could have found another historical anology of his "point" on lies.
    I can't believe he called for civil rhetoric last week, and then chose to express his idea in such an offensive way.
    His defense is a poor one.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm |

    Wow this guy is what the democrats need to counter the GOPs propagande.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  36. charlie

    Not everything about healthcare reform is perfect or ideal. The Democrats seem unwilling to accept that.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  37. Nina

    Ah, this reminds me of the old fable... the pot calling the kettle black... lol

    January 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Lori

    There is no comparison between the Nazis and the Republican Party. Do not compare innocent people Nazis or KKK. Terrible.....

    January 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm |

    He is saying the tactics are those of propanaga machines. That is very accurate. Witness the "birthers". Complete lies which gain credence through repitition.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Kaytee

    He should not have compared the lies to Nazi. But he is correct in the fact that republicans continue to repeat the same lies over and over about healthcare reform, to make people believe its the truth.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  41. Nina

    Cohen was certainly back peddling and defusing the situation. Thank You Anderson, for keeping him on target!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree tht GOP lies to Nazi...... But I agree with Democrats!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm |

    comparing GOP tactics to propagande from numerous dictatorships is certianly accurate.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Helen

    I really wish there was a way to give those congress time out when they misbehave. this man is shameless, after what happened in Tuscon. Nothing will ever change. One week after the president speech in Arizona, you would think a member of his own party will keep is mouth shout. I hope they vote him out.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello, Nichole, Nancy, Megan, Emily, JoAnn, Mike, Casey, Samantha, Nina, Sharon, Heather....everyone.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Nina

    Good Evening Anderson Cooper team 360 and other bloggers

    January 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson ,
    Hi! It's great to see you on.
    Rep. Cohen sounds a bit over the top in his defense of health care. He could just say "it's a lie" without the Nazi comparison.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Lori

    Hello Anderson! Hello Everyone!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie), Lori, (Adelaide), Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, others and my friend Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
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