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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.”

  6. 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!


  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. <> 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.

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

  12. Why would you even do such a thing!

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