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GOP lawmaker compares DC vaccine protocols to Nazi Germany

<i>Pool</i><br/>Republican Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio is drawing condemnation from his House colleagues for his comparison of Washington
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Republican Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio is drawing condemnation from his House colleagues for his comparison of Washington

By Brian Rokus and Annie Grayer, CNN

Republican Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio is drawing condemnation from his House colleagues for his comparison of Washington, DC’s vaccine and Covid-19 protocols to Nazi Germany.

Responding to a tweet from DC Mayor Muriel Bowser reminding residents that proof of vaccination will be required to enter many business in the city beginning on Saturday, Davidson tweeted an image of a Nazi document with the comment, “This has been done before. #DoNotComply.”

Davidson separately tweeted Wednesday, “Let’s recall that the Nazis dehumanized Jewish people before segregating them, segregated them before imprisoning them, imprisoned them before enslaving them, and enslaved them before massacring them.”

Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who is Jewish, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he confronted Davidson about the tweet.

“I told him that the use of such imagery wasn’t just a repugnant and dangerous false equivalency, but deeply offensive and painful for Jewish people,” Phillips said. “I said I’d debate mandates and tyranny whenever he wishes, but there’s no debate on the offense of his post. He could have cared less.”

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois also responded to Tapper, saying, “This is the new politics. It’s not about leading anymore. It’s about how can we out-outrage the other person.”

“It’s insane,” Kinzinger added. “Every Republican leader needs to be condemning that kind of B.S. right now.”

Davidson’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the criticism.

The Anti-Defamation League also tweeted a response to Davidson, writing, “It’s never appropriate to compare requirements for public health with the tactics of Nazi Germany. As we’ve said too many times to count, minimizing the Holocaust in this way is deeply offensive and harmful.”

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  1. as a jew from a family of holocaust survivors and people that ran from poland and just barely escaped, i can see the parallel. most certainly. it’s very frightening.
    i can see it going a step further – either you agree with progressive democratic agenda, or you are bad and have to wear X to identify yourself.
    dems were talking about taking children away from trump voters and putting them in camps to re-train them.
    so come on – the dem narrative is very much nazi like.

      1. This is what the article is about and Whattheheck?!?! is stating an opinion. I think, especially being Jewish, he should be allowed to express his opinion. I know the left wants to cancel every opposing voice, that is the real threat to our democracy.

  2. UH no. The asking of “deiner papiers bitte” for travel and entry is totalitarian. And even then the nazis were not as strict as out democrat overlords because there were only certain zones nazis required travel passes. Our democrat covid fanatics want a pass everywhere. INCLUDING Synagogue. Even the nazis let us go to Synagogue without a mask or papers. BUT. If the democrats want to play this game then they can NEVER complain about the requirement of a voter ID. And that dooms their party.

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