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Republican official posts anti-Semitic mask meme on Facebook page

'Comparing that mandate to the Holocaust feels especially disgusting.'


Samantha Shaps


Posted on Jul 30, 2020

A Minnesota Republican county official resigned after posting a picture on the party’s Facebook page likening mask requirements with Nazis forcing to wear the Star of David during the Holocaust, CNN reports.

The original post, which has since been deleted, included a black and white image of a German officer telling a Jew, “Just put on the star and quit complaining, it’s really not that hard.” The bottom of the image included the caption, “Just put on the mask and stop complaining.”

Minnesota’s Jewish Action Committee posted the photo on Twitter and wrote that “comparing that mandate to the Holocaust feels especially disgusting.”

“We ask the @MNGOP to tell Wabasha Republicans to stop using imagery like this,” the committee posted on Twitter. “It betrays a total lack of both empathy and education.”

People called the comparison “offensive” and “disgusting.”

Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan posted on Twitter Monday that the state party believed it was hacked and that it does not “support/condone divisive and harmful posts or language of this nature.”

On Tuesday, Carnahan confirmed that the party was not hacked and that the picture was posted by a board member. She confirmed that the board member resigned immediately.

“We are saddened by the vitriolic post,” Carnahan tweeted. “And hope as we move forward that Republicans and Democrats alike will maintain the highest level of integrity, respect, and sensitivity.”

The Republican Party of Minnesota did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

Minnesota’s Jewish Action Committee posted another graphic Thursday that made a similar comparison between mask mandates and the Holocaust.

“Just days after public acknowledgment from @mngop that the Wabasha GOP’s Holocaust-themed meme was offensive, their endorsed House candidate in 6A (and sitting Mountain Iron City Council member) shared this meme on her FB page,” the committee tweeted. “Where is the bottom?”

On July 4, Amichai Stein, a correspondent for the Israeli public broadcasting station Kan, tweeted about another black and white image that compared Jewish trauma and mask requirements. The image, which was published in Kansas’ Anderson Country Review, said “Put on your mask… and step onto the cattle car.”

One Twitter user commented that the comparison was “inexcusable,” and another wrote that the image was “incredibly insulting.”


H/T the Root

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*First Published: Jul 30, 2020, 12:01 pm CDT