The Republican Celebration of Oklahoma was closely criticized on Friday for a Fb submit evaluating vaccination mandates towards Covid-19 with the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.
The submit on the celebration’s official Fb web page urged folks to name the lieutenant governor and ask him to name a particular assembly to ban employers from requiring workers to be vaccinated.
It confirmed an image of a yellow Star of David with the phrase “unvaccinated” and stated, “If you do not know historical past, you’re doomed to repeat it.”
Roberta Clark, Government Director of the Larger Oklahoma Metropolis Jewish Federation, known as the submit “very inappropriate” and known as on celebration officers to apologize.
“Evaluating the actions taken by Nazi Germany to a public well being dialogue is ill-informed and inappropriate,” stated Clark. “An apology is admittedly applicable and reveals management and sensitivity to the dangerous results this has precipitated.”
John Bennett, the celebration’s new chairman, didn’t instantly reply to a cellphone message. The celebration’s vice chairman Shane Jemison stated he wasn’t positive who created the submit, however known as it “greater than hideous”.
“The potential of personal corporations demanding their workers to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine towards the Holocaust, equating, is greater than hideous, shameful and a gross misrepresentation of the Republican Celebration and its values right here in Oklahoma and on the nationwide stage” he stated in an announcement.
Final month, Georgia Republican Consultant Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized for feedback evaluating necessary sporting of security masks within the Home of Representatives to the horrors of the Holocaust.
It isn’t the primary time the Oklahoma Celebration or Bennett has been criticized for posting on Fb. In 2015, then Oklahoma Republican Chairman Randy Brogdon apologized for a submit evaluating meals stamps to feeding wild animals.
The next 12 months, Bennett, then a state legislature, posted a crucial message on Fb about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including “2 phrases … firing squad.”
Bennett defended the feedback as “sarcasm” on the time, saying he didn’t want anybody useless or encourage violence.