Republican sorry for comparing Covid-19 curbs to Nazis persecution of Jews

Posted by on May 18, 2020 9:00 am
Categories: Global Stories

Alaska state representative Ben Carpenter told to ‘Keep your Holocaust jokes to yourself’ after objecting to virus screening

Antisemitic and Nazi-sympathizing comments made by a Republican state representative in Alaska, who likened Covid-19 safety measures at the state capitol to the treatment of Jewish people in Nazi Germany, brought widespread rebuke and, eventually, an apology.

Alaska’s legislature is due to return on Monday and representatives were told by email they would be asked to undergo screening as they entered the building. Those who are screened will be given a sticker to show completion. Those who refuse will not be given a sticker.

In an emailed reply to the new measures that was obtained by the Alaska Landmine, Ben Carpenter, a Republican wrote: “If my sticker falls off, do I get a new one or do I get public shaming too? Are the stickers available as a yellow Star of David?”

The reply drew instant rebuke from colleagues in the house.

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