Rick Scott Compares Picking on Mitt Romney's Business Past to Holocaust

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You've surely heard Martin Niemöller famous quote about the German intellectual and religious communities complacency during the Nazis' rise to power in 1930s Germany. It includes the line, "Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew."

Well, Rick Scott decided to appropriate the quote today to defend Mitt Romney from criticism of his former company Bain Capitol. What the hell? Criticizing someone's business practices is no where remotely close to "coming for the Jews."

"I've got a quote in my office," Rick Scott told a board meeting of Enterprise Florida today according to Naked Politics. "First they came for the Jews, and I wasn't a Jew so I didn't say anything...."

Scott used the quote to explain why he thinks it's wrong for fellow Republican candidates to attack Romney's past with his former company Bain Capitol. Some of the business practices and failures of Bain have come under fire, and Newt Gingrich and, previously, Rick Perry have used those controversies as ammo against Romney.

"We shouldn't be allowing candidates to attack people in business, we should be saying... 'That's us,'" Scott continued. "When you see somebody being attacked because they live the American dream, we ought to go out and say, 'Gosh, I'd like to live the American dream.'"

It's hard to tell exactly what Scott means by this or why he's using the quote, since the man isn't exactly the world's clearest speaker.

However, t's ironic that he'd paraphrase Niemöller in the first place in defense of rich businessmen considering the original quote also defends the rights of communists and trade unions. (Yeah, Republican, you know who also didn't like unions? Hitler.)
First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
The exact wording of the quote is not known, and several different version exist. In America, unsurprisingly, "socialist" is usually used in place of "communist." Regardless, this probably wasn't the most appropriate quote for Scott to use.

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JohnNFlorida
JohnNFlorida

How popular is Scott? Have you heard of any of the candidates courting his endorsement?Bush - yesRubio - yesScott - H__l no and Romney will regret THIS Scott help.

LAellie
LAellie

Rick Scott is a sick, warped, fascist. End of story.

Fran Nessmith
Fran Nessmith

Gee, is he concerned that someone might condemn HIS past business practices????

Plt726
Plt726

Hmmmm!  I think you hit the nail on the head, Fran.

Gus
Gus

Please. When will they come to get Rick Scott?

abjk
abjk

not soon enough

Charity Sapphire
Charity Sapphire

I disagree with the author of this article.

I think the quote used by Rick Scott was perfectly appropriate.

You know, Rick Scott scored a 100% for political courage. He has no need to hide his ideas from people.

Rick Scott was elected BECAUSE of the things he said. 

Whereas you or I were appalled by his past, saw to the heart of his greed, and foresaw the death of the middle class in Florida, his many constituents, on the other hand, saw nothing but a rich, powerful, white man... and that's what they believe to be strong and true.

Can't change the ideology, can't change the people. That's why Ron Paul won't be president come 2013.

We find ourselves in the age of glorified stupid and the conniving rich are cashing in.

JohnNFlorida
JohnNFlorida

Rick Scott was elected by the Tea Party and the Bush Machine. What the H__L are you smoking? He didn't even win 50% of the vote. He smoked the tea party pot and vowed fealty to Bush. His legislative agenda proves the point. If Scott is so 'popular' why is every Republican Presidential candidate asking he NOT endorse them? If the Republican candidate really wants to lose this election, he need look no farther than endorsements by Walker, Kasich, Daniels, Scott, and LePage.

Mayo George
Mayo George

Rick Scott should be in jail, but, we elected him governor.

Plt726
Plt726

I cannot for the life of me figure that one out!  

Captdave55
Captdave55

Just goes to show that Rick "The Prick" Scoot is the leading a$$hole in the state of Florida

Zephiez
Zephiez

I'm sure he would feel that way given his sketchy business past.  The Holocaust?  Really? This guy is an idiot.

Nunya
Nunya

So going after unions and public sector employees is fine, just don't go after those poor millionaires. Hey they're just living the American Dream by crushing yours

carlbarry
carlbarry

It's Republicon logic!  Asking the super rich to pay their fair share is class warfare; saying that poor people are poor because they're lazy and want handouts, that's constructive criticism.

CSMBarr
CSMBarr

Rick scott is a dork and not a good govenor.

Jessica Green
Jessica Green

Scott once again shows how clever he is. Did his staff forget to tell him that Florida is disproportionately Jewish and that reductive Holocaust remarks don't go over well?

OmegaConcern
OmegaConcern

"We shouldn't be allowing candidates to attack people in business, we should be saying... 'That's us,'" - this from the man who presided over the company that paid the largest Medicare fraud fine ever.  "Yeah! That's us!  We should stand proud as lying, cheating businessmen!"  What a total asshat.

Look, I have no problem with folks making money or even tons of money.  Stealing and fraud on the other hand is still unethical and illegal.

I also find it amusing that conservative Republicans are bashing each other for being... conservative Republicans.

David Kearns
David Kearns

First Rick came for the teachers but I said nothing, my kids are nearly grown.Then Rick came for the college professors, but mine don't take anthropology.Next Rick came for the prison guards their staff and administrators, but I thought what the hell.Then Rick came for citizens property insurance, and my costs went up and up.Of course Rick came for our school boards, then, our city councils and county commissions.When it came time to stop him, I marched down to my government office and no one was there.Since I couldn't get a job at the bomb factory, as a democrat I no longer had "clearance" and since my unemployment ran out, Now I work at a CorpGovernment fish farm, making food to feed prisoners and debtors,of which I now am one,

Plt726
Plt726

@David:  You should frame this!  Excellent take on Lex Luthor's misapplied quote.  Love it.

Guest
Guest

I'm sure "Hilter" hated unions... but Hitler killed them all.

Manderso
Manderso

Well it would be fine if capitalism was automatically linked to freedom.  China is using capitalism better than anyone now, without freedom at all.  I believe that conservatives are going to have to face up to that.  If capitalism isn't tied to democracy or republics, it must be changed.   Freedom is more important than that.

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