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State representative stands by her comparison of Obama to Hitler

Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Safford. (Photo by Johs Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson. (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on her Facebook page today in a post urging county sheriffs to revoke authority from the National Parks Service “thugs” who are enforcing the federal shutdown on national parks lands.

“Someone is paying the National Park Service thugs overtime for their efforts to carry out the order of De Fuhrer… where are our Constitutional Sheriffs who can revoke the Park Service Rangers authority to arrest??? Do we have any Sheriffs with a pair?” she wrote.

Fuhrer is a German term for leader that is most often associated with Hitler.

Barton’s comments drew strong criticism and condemnation from Democrats and others on social media.

But in a telephone interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, Barton stood by the comments, saying the comparison between Obama and Hitler was apt, at least in their style of leadership.

“He’s dictating beyond his authority,” she said.

Barton said Obama is leading America down a slippery slope away from a constitutional democracy toward an imperial dictatorship and the people of America should be aware because Best cool auto darkening welding helmet reviews. She said murdering millions of Jews, gypsies and gays wasn’t the only thing that happened in Nazi Germany, and America under Obama is looking a lot like the early days of Germany under Hitler.

“It’s not just the death camps. (Hitler) started in the communities, with national health care and gun control. You better read your history. Germany started with national health care and gun control before any of that other stuff happened. And Hitler was elected by a majority of people,” she said.

Barton said she was prompted to write the post by stories she has heard about the Forest Service closing county roads, closing boat ramps in Mohave County and kicking one person out of their home, which was located on federally-leased land.

Barton said Obama is trying to make the federal government shutdown as painful as possible to Arizonans and Americans.
“This is an outrageous form of federal imperial government,” she said.

Democrats and others were quick to attack Barton on social media, both for the comparison and the call to sheriffs to revoke the arresting authority from the National Forest Service rangers.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat from Phoenix, tweeted at Barton: “what you are saying is completely incorrect and illegal.” In another tweet, Gallego said Barton owes “an apology to the President, and Arizona for embarrassing us.”

Barton said she didn’t believe she owed Obama an apology. She said her comment was designed to attract attention and start a conversation, but she still doesn’t think it is insensitive or controversial and didn’t regret the post.

“It got your attention,” she said. “He’s doing something controversial. It’s not controversial that I’m criticizing him… I don’t think that’s controversial at all.”


  1. Brenda you are a shameless woman that doesn’t belong in the House of Representatives or any other political office in the US. You are an embarrassment to this country.

  2. Actually, Hitler was appointed to the chancellorship of Germany, not elected. The Nazi Party only received a plurality of votes not a majority.

  3. This is another example of of one of the idiots sitting on her ***, drawing a paycheck for doing nothing. Shes about as stupid as it gets.Now lets see…if theres no money to pay the service personnel who does she expect to service the parks.Should they work for free.

  4. How can this moron be in a position of authority? OMG!

  5. And here I thought it was Congress that wrote the laws that define what happens during the shutdown…

    Here’s a little song that she can listen to, to explain how government works.

  6. Congress ended funding for keeping those parks, boat ramps and leased homes open.
    Why does this Republican want Obama to violate the will of Congress?

  7. Thank you for your comments. It is great to see someone finally not afraid to state thier opinion. We are no longer as free as we used to be, if a person makes comments that some do not agree with they are called politically incorrect and beat down all in the name of PC ness.

    Keep up your good work and efforts

  8. she is right and if you don’t like it to bad as obamba is a usurper an io don’t recognize him as the president.

  9. Cudos to Ms Barton for her courage and accuracy regarding the “Fuhrer.” She is correct in her historical perspective to compare Obama to Hitler regarding the tactics and methods used to deceive the masses. The country better wake up before it is too late!

  10. Grandstanding hypocrite.

  11. The rest of us in this country have come to expect this sort of venom from Arizona but she is just disgusting.
    She owes an apology to herself.
    let alone to the President.
    What’s wrong with this state anyway.

  12. The backwater, ignorance that “controls” Arizona is incredible! Rep. Barton, You do not speak for me or those I know. Time for the Chamber of Commerce, Tourist bureaus and new business development to put “full disclosure” warning in their brochures, brochures that misrepresented the state to potential newcomers and tourists.

  13. It is what it is. and Ms Barton has a constitutional right to her freedom of speech. I am neither democrat or republican. I am a taxpayer for over 40 years. I vote for who ever I believe can do the job. Obama isn’t doing his. I voted for him the first time but not the second. This shutdown was needed to bring light to the failures of our entire federal Government. stop the finger pointing and do your damn jobs that we the people are paying you to do.

  14. Brenda Barton is part of the ignorant, backward, hateful scum that makes up the AZ Republican Teaparty. Goldwater must be rolling in his grave. Plus that hair was stolen from the 1940s. It’s at least that old. Give it back!

  15. 1. Congress wrote the laws that close the parks.
    2. ???
    3. Obama’s fault.

  16. Keep hating the brother you red necks what are you going to do when the next president is female or spanish american etc. The days of white male only white house is over. Only in america. God bless america.

  17. She would be dead if President Obama was like Hitler.

  18. I keep hoping this isn’t as bad as it looks, that Rep. Barton really isn’t as stupid as she sounds. I’m hoping this is just some sort of nut-ball code. The Hitler comparison? ‘Constitutional sheriffs’ with ‘a pair’? Maybe she’s just a lonely woman with an up-doo looking for a well-endowed, take-charge man with a mustache who’s willing break the law whenever it suits him.

  19. Mrs. Barton is wrong (on so many levels …). First of all mandatory health insurance in Germany was introduced by Bismarck in 1883, long before Hitler. Second of all the gun control laws in Germany became effective on April 12th 1928 during the Weimar Republic. Later they were misused by the Hitler regime to disarm German jews.

  20. You all keep drinking the kool aid . first do you know that a case against Obama proving he’s not an American an all his documents is to be heard by the supreme court in Washington. They do not except cases unless they have real merit so wake up morons lease stop drinking the kool aid

  21. Two problems. One, the correct phrase is ‘Der Fuhrer” (saying De Fuhrer is like saying Th Leader instead of The Leader). More to the point, the 1938 German Weapons act generally decreased gun regulation laws by no longer requiring licenses for certain fire arms and decreasing the ago of legal ownership from 21 to 18. What it did do was prohibit Jews from owning Firearms. I don’t see anyone from prohibiting Jews from owning fire arms, and so I fail to see any real connection. Perhaps Ms Barton should take her own advice and read her history.

  22. Short minded person such as her with no logic or any knowledge about history made comment. She and her Tea Party are the destroyer the country. They can not handle any other color to be better than all of them.

  23. You have the right not to agree with the Presidents thoughts and ideas. BUT you need to respect his office as you expect others to respect yours. If not you do’nt belong in office

  24. What she said I’d dead on. Obowtome is on an identical path. You might not like the words she spoke but she is accurate. Btw, core is also following along the same lines. You progressive/liberal morons better start waking up. It took the Germans 15 years of hell before they did.

  25. The willingness of people to destroy their own house (Nation) is evident from such caustic statements. I guess the representative doesn’t understand that if the United States fails, then she loses too. I didn’t like or agree with George Bush as president. I respected the office and did not try to undermine his administrative through speech or deed. The unintended consequence of these idiots is that by trying to undermine the President Obama, they undermine the presidency of the United States. While trying to fight Muslim extremist, they overlooked right wing extremist who may be more dangerous than Osama Ben Laden was to our society. People need to try to make things work – not undermine the government.l

  26. Um, Jerald…
    Barton was wrong about _every_ “historical perspective”.

    1. The German health insurance system was created by Bismarck, FIFTY YEARS before the Nazis came to power.
    2. Hitler LOST the presidential election to Hindenburg.
    3. The Nazis LIBERALIZED the guns laws (except, of course, for the Jews. They were already warming up for the Holocaust).

    She’s so abysmally ignorant, she couldn’t even spell “Der Fuhrer” correctly.

  27. Brenda, maybe you should read up on German history as well and how the election system here works. Hitler wasn’t elected by the people.

    In addition, national health service is not that bad as you put it. My mother-in-law had surgery on both her knees this year, and insurance took care of most of it. When I told my American friends (stationed here in DEU) how much I pay for health insurance (under national health), they were all surprised at how cheap it was compared to what they were paying.

    Please make sure that what you post are FACTS instead of things that reek of ignorance.

  28. And another Arizona neanderthal pops it head out of the slime of the Phoenix canals. How many more generations will it take before her offspring learn how to walk upright?

  29. I am so disgusted by these treasonous traitors in office. When will WE take action and insure they are arrested for treason against the citizens of AZ and the US? And this one is worse, she looks inbred. Appears to be in bed with the likes of Sheriff Joe. Easy to see the similarities. Stupid and Criminal does shine through!

  30. I’m so tired of these Hitler comparisons. It diminishes the incredible suffering inflicted upon Jewish people. When this lady finds herself locked in a concentration camp or marched to the gas chambers along with her fellow tea party idiots then she can talk.

  31. Jerald – it’s “kudos” not “cudos” – that 3rd grade education is really paying off.

  32. It would be nice if our representatives in Arizona would stop putting their foot in the mouths and stop embarressing the state.

  33. If anyone wonders how a dimwit like this gets elected, just read the comments.

  34. TX Ted Cruz, the new speaker of the House? A Canadian? What about the illegal Canadians folks?

  35. Did Brenda Barton have a senior moment? Did Brenda Barton forget Arizona’s history and the photo of Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio with his tank, swastika and arm raised? Arizona has its own “Hitler-fuhrer” issues. Brenda, clean up your own backyard! Arizona “prison / police” state.

  36. Rep. Barton and her cronies all drink out of the same trough of hatred, intolerance and ignorance.

    “Jan Brewer, Russell Pearce, Tom Horne Lose (Again) on SB 1070, This Time On Harboring Provision”


    “I should mention that though the Ninth’s ruling “upheld” the District Court’s preliminary injunction against the harboring provision, the effect, according to the ACLU’s Dan Pochoda, is essentially that of a permanent injunction.
    That is, unless our bumbling AG appeals and the Supreme Court overrules the Ninth.

    Um, don’t bet the double-wide on the latter.

    So why my hellish admonition above toward Horne, Brewer, Coughlin (the guy who told Brewer to sign 1070), et al.?

    ‘Cause these nudniks deserve some punishment for wasting money on 1070′s hateful enterprise, this particular portion of which sought to put ministers and good Samaritans behind bars for giving undocumented parishioners and fellow children of god a place to sleep or ride to the supermarket.”

  37. Today, every politician can say many stupid thinks and later to excuse without consequence’s.
    It looks that Arizona has MORE so special “good” educated politicians and their children!
    I am sure 100% that she knows “a little ” about Hitler, but with full stomach, eating our money, can say against our President.
    Voters wake up!


  39. Genralk, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the birther nonsense MONTHS ago. And you might wish to look up “except” and “accept” in the dictionary, assuming you know what a dictionary is and know how to use one.

  40. This is one ugly piece of mierda. Looks like one of those inbred mormons from Colorado city. Too bad Hitler didn’t take her parents out.

  41. <> is a beloved right-wing myth.

    In 1919, the German government passed the Regulations on Weapons Ownership, which declared that “all firearms, as well as all kinds of firearms ammunition, are to be surrendered immediately.” Penalty — prison or large fine.

    1920 — Law on the Disarmament of the People

    The 1919 law was revoked by the conservative government’s 1928 Law on Firearms and Ammunition. Gun restrictions were relaxed and a strict firearm licensing scheme was introduced.

    The 1938 German Weapons Act further relaxed the handgun laws, while prohibiting Jews from owning or dealing in guns and ammunition.

    German laws changed from extreme prohibition, in accord with the Treaty of Versailles, to something resembling modern gun laws under Hitler.

  42. That’s not good buddy, How dare can you compare Obama with Hitler?

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