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 whenever they leave their home to go into a shop or restaurant. Davidson wrote his message in a quote Tweet that said: “This Has Been Done Before #DoNotComply”With a Nazi-era passbook
The Nazi-era pass Davidson used in his message is known as 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 followed up with a tweet saying: “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.
The Auschwitz Memorial condemned his tweets and said they were unacceptable. “exploiting”The Holocaust resulted in millions of deaths.
“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 informed him that using such imagery was not just a repugnant, dangerous false equivalency, it was deeply offensive, and even painful, for Jewish people.” Phillips said. “I said that I would debate mandates or tyranny whenever he wants, but there is no debate about the offense of his position. He would have been more concerned.”
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 about out-outragement.”
“It’s insane,” Kinzinger added. “That kind of B.S. should be condemned by every Republican leader Right now.
Davidson has not responded the backlash he has received.