A Republican member of Congress invoked Holocaust imagery in reference to COVID-19 safety precautions on Wednesday, joining a host of elected officials from the party who have compared health guidelines to Nazi policies.
Rep. Warren Davidson, a Republican from Ohio, quoted Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser's advertising of new citywide public health restrictions to Nazi health certificates. "This has been done before. #donotcomply," Davidson tweeted along with an image of a Nazi-era "gesundheitspass."
Davidson added 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."
In response to Davidson's tweet, the American Jewish Committee said: “In what is becoming a disturbing trend, [Davidson] is the latest elected official to exploit the Holocaust by making immoral and offensive comparisons between vaccine mandates and this dark period of history." The committee further called on him to remove the “shameful post and apologize.”
Davidson is the latest Republican member of Congress to compare COVID precautions and public health requirements to Nazi Germany.
In August, Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, compared COVID restrictions to the treatment of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust, tweeting an image of a raised fist with a tattooed number. He later deleted the tweet.
In July, Rep. Lauren Boebert accused U.S. President Joe Biden of "deploying his Needle Nazis" to her Colorado district and used the term "brown shirts" to refer to Colorado's enforcement of public health measures.
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This terminology was also evoked by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who called canvassers doing vaccine outreach "medical brown shirts" and compared vaccination logos on the name badges of vaccinated supermarket employees to yellow stars Jews were forced to wear in Nazi-occupied Europe.
In March, Rep. Madison Cawthorne, a Republican from North Carolina, asserted that vaccine passport proposals "smack of 1940s Nazi Germany."
In May, Rep. Scott Perry equated critics of former U.S. President Donald Trump's support of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID treatment with Nazi book burnings.
The comparisons have not been limited to Republican members of Congress, however, and have extended to Republican candidates for state and national offices, state party leadership, state-level lawmakers and Fox News pundits.