Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial has slammed the recent comments made by an Ohio congressman who compared Covid vaccine cards to Nazi-era passes, CBS News reported.
Warren Davidson, a Republican from Cincinnati, retweeted a message sent by Muriel Bowser, the Washington, D.C. mayor, to remind people to bring proof of vaccination and a mask when they leave their home to go into a restaurant or shop. Davidson tweeted his message with the following quote: “This Has Been Done Before #DoNotComply”A Nazi-era passbook.
The Nazi-era pass that Davidson used to send his message was called a “Gesundheitspass,”CBS News reported that it was a medical pass that Nazi officials required citizens to have with them in order to prove their identity.
Davidson doubled down on the message with a tweet that said: “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.”
“Dehumanizing and segregation are underway – and wrong,” he added.
His tweets were condemned by the Auschwitz Memorial, who said that they were offensive. “exploiting”Holocaust that resulted to the deaths of millions.
“Exploiting of the tragedy of all people who between 1933-45 suffered, were humiliated, tortured & murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany in a debate about vaccines & COVID limitation in the time of global pandemic is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decay,” the Auschwitz Memorial said in a statement.
The American Jewish Committee called on the politician to apologize and remove the tweets.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips, who is Jewish, told CNN‘s Jake Tapper Wednesday that he confronted Davidson about the tweet.
“I explained to him that such imagery was not only a dangerous and repugnant false equivalency but also deeply offensive and painful for Jewish people.” Phillips said. “I stated that I would debate mandates and tyranny whenever the opportunity presents itself, but we don’t have a debate about his offense. He couldn’t have cared more.”
Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger also spoke to Tapper and said, “This is the new way of politics. It’s no longer about leading. It’s all about how we can outrage the other person.”
“It’s insane,” Kinzinger added. “This kind of B.S. must be condemned by every Republican leader Right now.
Davidson has not responded the backlash he has received.