Conn. Lawmaker standing by comments comparing Governor Lamont to Hitler – NBC New York
A Connecticut lawmaker is backing comments comparing Governor Ned Lamont and his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic to Adolf Hitler.
Republican State Representative Anne Dauphinais initially posted a comment on Facebook Thursday evening that described the Democrat as “King Lamont alias Hitler”.
“King Lamont aka Hitler dictating what we must inject into our bodies to feed our families!” Dauphinais commented on a CTNewsJunkie article on the number of state employees not complying with the governor’s vaccine / testing mandate.
Dauphinais posted a longer comment on his Facebook page on Friday night that mentioned Nazi concentration camps, book burnings and other actions under Hitler, interspersed with references to Lamont’s warrants during the pandemic.
“This governor, with the help of the one-party rule that we have in this state at the moment, seized dictatorial powers for almost 2 full years after the expiration of this last extension,” wrote Dauphinais . “Hitler was also an authorized dictator under the rule of the One Nazi Party.”
Max Reiss, director of communications for Lamont, said of Dauphinais’ comments: âThe representative’s comments are disgusting, repulsive and disrespectful to the history and memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Such anti-Semitic rhetoric has no place in state government, and has no place in our public discourse. “
A spokeswoman for Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said her office “wholeheartedly agreed” with the comments from the governor’s office.
In his Friday article, Dauphinais responded to the critics by writing: “My comments were neither anti-Semitic nor factually inaccurate.”
“This dictatorial madness must stop. Nonetheless, I want to take this opportunity not to apologize but to clarify to Governor Lamont, as I was not clear that I meant he was acting like Hitler in the early 1930s – to date, he has not called for putting the unvaccinated in camps, âshe added.
Deputy Majority Leader Representative Geoff Luxenberg, who is Jewish, expressed outrage at the Dauphinais’ comments in a statement.
“I have a hard time – as a Jewish elected official – with the dangerous anti-Semitic comments of Republican Representative Anne Dauphinais. Her comments endorsed the comparison of Governor Ned Lamont and his public health policies to protect us from disease and illness. preventable deaths, to Hitler’s genocidal dictatorial reign. To be clear, common sense measures to protect people from preventable disease and death do not compare to the mass murder of millions of innocent people. ancestors who died during the Holocaust and I can assure you – if they were here now – they would neither normalize nor tolerate a comparison that equates disagreements over public health vaccination policy with the Nazi genocide by uninformed elected officials . This false equivalence comparing Ned Lamont to Hitler offends me, my family and all reasonable people of all faiths, or no faith, everywhere. “
Republican House leader Vincent Candelora issued a statement on the Dauphinais’ comments.
“Representative Dauphinais’ scandalous comparison was disrespectful and her comments were totally inappropriate for the serious conversation about whether the state government should impose vaccines on workers as a condition of their employment,” said Representative Candelora. .
House Speaker Matt Ritter called on the Dauphinais’ Republican colleagues in the General Assembly to call him for his comments.
“This is part of a disturbing trend on the far right to abandon decency, decorum, facts and history for offensive, racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric,” Representative Ritter said in a statement.
The Dauphinais district includes Plainfield and Killingly in eastern Connecticut.
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