WASHINGTON – Representative Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, on Wednesday compared the Covid vaccine warrants to the Holocaust, a statement that drew a quick reaction from Jewish groups.
Davidson made the comparison by retweeting a Publish from Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser on a new vaccination policy and share the photo of a health pass that people had to wear under the Nazi regime.
Bowser’s tweet was a reminder that starting on Saturday, people over the age of 12 will need to show proof of at least one dose of the Covid vaccine in order to enter catering establishments inside DC such as the restaurants, nightclubs, taverns, cafes and food halls.
Davidson, who was elected in 2016 to his seat previously held by former House Speaker John Boehner, wrote of the Nazi document: “It has already been done. #Not to comply.
“Recall that the Nazis dehumanized the Jews before separating them, separated them before imprisoning them, imprisoned them before enslaving them and enslaved them before massacring them”, Davidson tweeted.
The Congressman’s comments were criticized by Jewish groups, who accused him of “exploiting” the Holocaust.
“Exploit the tragedy of all the people who between 1933 and 45 suffered, were humiliated, tortured and murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany in a debate on vaccines and the limitations of Covid in times of a global pandemic is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decay ”, the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted.
“It is never appropriate to compare the demands of public health with the tactics of Nazi Germany”, tweeted the Anti-Defamation League. “As we have said too many times to count, downplaying the Holocaust in this way is deeply offensive and harmful.”
Davidson is one of several Republican elected officials who have publicly compared Covid’s tenure to the Holocaust. His colleague, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Made a number of similar comments, including comparing the wearing of the mask to the Yellow Stars of David that the Nazis forced Jews to wear. Greene later apologized for the remarks following a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Weeks later, she referred to the Nazi-era “brown shirts” to oppose the vaccination campaign.
In August, the president of the Oklahoma Republican Party compared private companies demanding their employees get the Covid vaccine to the Nazis forcing Jews to wear yellow stars.