Arizona state Rep. Brenda Barton (R) released a statement on Wednesday denying that a recent Facebook post in which she described President Obama as “De Fuhrer” was a reference to Adolf Hitler even though just two days ago she claimed it was not an insensitive or controversial comparison.
While attempting to walk back her initial defense of her name-calling, Barton now states she was NOT referring to President Barack Obama, she was simply using the term “Fuhrer” for “emphasis” and certainly not implying any characterization of the President as Hitler.
She writes, “What I did suggest, rather directly, was that the National Park Service enforcement personnel (referring to them as ‘thugs’ for their reported behavior) were simply following orders of ‘their leader’ – and I used the German phrase for emphasis, Der Fuhrer. I am referencing the Presidents behavior as indicated by his actions. The Merriam-Webster New Collegiate Dictionary defines ‘Fuhrer’ as ‘(2) a leader exercising tyrannical authority.’”
However, an online dictionary which is easily accessible if you know how to Googles, will show the definition to mean “the leader” in German, which was the “title assumed by Adolf Hitler.”
Attempting to further muddy the waters, Barton continued ”As many are aware, some recent comments of mine on Facebook have touched a sensitive nerve with many people. Additionally, many have simply taken my posting out of its contextual environment. Had I chosen my words differently, or had the President offered to use the power of his office to lessen or mute the public impacts of this impasse in Washington, we might not be having this discussion.”
She also suggests that it’s appropriate because leftists did it during Bush’s presidency, however, she’s an elected official.
She adds,”For the record, I was suggesting that President Obama was behaving as a tyrant. Didn’t the Founders of our country call their king a tyrant and worse?”
And yet, Our country does not have a ‘king.’ We have a twice elected president.
President: The chief executive of a republic.