A Minnesota Republican official resigned after a post was posted on Facebook comparing mandates requiring residents to wear masks to Jews who were forced to wear the stars of David in Nazi Germany during the coronavirus pandemic.
Minnesota Republican Party chairman Jennifer Carnahan confirmed in a statement on Tuesday the resignation of the county official, initially saying the Facebook page of the Wabasha County Republican Party may have been hacked.
“After further investigation, @mngop learned that the Wabasha County FB page had not been hacked last night, as the Wabasha chairman believed,” Carnahan said in a statement. “The offensive photo was unfortunately posted by a board member who resigned immediately. at the request of the party ’.
Carnahan wrote that the Wabasha County Board and the Minnesota government apologized for the “disappointing” record.
“We are saddened by the vitriol report and hope that as we move forward, both Republicans and Democrats will maintain the highest levels of integrity, respect and sensitivity,” she wrote.
We are saddened by the vitriol report and hope that as we move forward, both Republicans and Democrats will maintain the highest levels of integrity, respect and sensitivity. The Wabasha County Board and the MN GOP apologize for this disappointing report.
– Jennifer Carnahan (@jkcarnah), 2020 July 28
State Party communications director Jack Tomczak told CNN that Carnahan had asked the local chairman to ask for the resignation of the person in charge of the post. That person was not publicly named.
Since then, the revoked image was posted at the behest of the Minnesota government. Tim WalzTimothy James Walz banned the Minnesota couple from wearing Nazi flags as a face mask. The Minnesota governor has signed a ban on the use of chokelis as part of a new police reform law. Indiana joins the growing list of states with mask mandates MORE (D) came into force by requiring people to always use face coatings in public places and businesses.
The black-and-white image depicts a Nazi officer and a man wearing the hexagonal Star of David, a symbol used by the Nazi regime to recognize the Jewish people in Europe during the Holocaust.
The photo was written with the phrase “Just put on the star and quit complaining, it’s not that hard” at the top of the video, as well as “Just put on the mask and stop complaining.”
Minnesota activist group Jewish Community Action condemned the image on Monday.
“Given that Minnesota rabbis have recently advocated a mask mandate, it feels particularly disgusting to compare this mandate to the Holocaust,” the group said in a statement. “We ask @MNGOP to instruct Wabasha Republicans to stop using such images. It shows a lack of empathy and education. ”
Given that Minnesota rabbis have recently advocated for a mask mandate, comparing this mandate to the Holocaust seems particularly disgusting. Please @MNGOP tell Wabasha Republicans to stop using such images. This means a complete lack of empathy and education. pic.twitter.com/xGMT3cUvvo
– Jewish Community Action (@JCA_MN), 2020 July 27
Earlier this month, a Kansas Republican state official was criticized for a cartoon published in his newspaper comparing Kansas government governor Laura Kelly (D) ‘s recent order to require face masks in public and for Jewish people who were rounded up during the Holocaust.
The cartoon was posted on the Facebook page of the Anderson County Review, a newspaper owned by the chairman of the Anderson County Republican Party. Dan Hick. The cartoon depicts a woman wearing a mask with the Star of David attached to it in front of a line of people entering a cattle car.
“Lockdown Laura says, put on a mask … and get in the cattle car,” the headline reads.
Despite allegations of publishing anti-Semitic images, Hicks stood by the animated film, saying it “has no intention of making a small impact” on Holocaust survivors or Jews.
“Political editorial cartoons are huge too many cartoons to provoke debate and reaction – which is why newspapers publish them – feed the market for ideas,” he said. “This discusses the government’s activities, which were a hallmark of Governor Kelly’s administration.”
In May, the Alaskan Republican legislature also faced similar comparisons, as coronavirus safety measures in a public building, to Nazi treatment of Jews.