Rep. Nunes Blames Dems For "Hate Speech" And "Vitriolic Rhetoric" In Health Care Debate

January 19, 2011 5:00 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Speaking on the House floor this afternoon, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) blamed Democrats for using "hate speech" and "vitriolic rhetoric" in the debate over health care reform.

NUNES: Madame Speaker, the clock was unfortunately turned back last year. Failed socialist policies re-emerged from the dust bin of history and it was a dark chapter for our nation. Instead of improving the lives of all Americans by fixing our broken health care system, starting with Medicare and Medicaid, the Democratic majority subjected the American people to class warfare, anti-capitalist hate speech and vitriolic rhetoric. Bathed in the excesses of power, they passed a bill that by their own admission they hadn't read, and then lectured the American people, claiming that we have to pass the bill first so that we can find out what was in it. 


Nunes packed plenty of problems into that short paragraph, but suffice it to say that bringing up "failed socialist policies" doesn't give him much credibility on the topic of other people's rhetoric. Of course, the reality is that Republicans spent the entire health care debate supplementing falsehoods about a "government takeover" with scary stories about how reform would lead to the socialized medicine, the destruction of America, and possibly even death.