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Republicans Are Being Chastised For Wearing The Star Of David To Protest Mandatory Vaccines.
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Republicans Are Being Chastised For Wearing The Star Of David To Protest Mandatory Vaccines.


A Republican lawmaker in Washington state is facing criticism for wearing a yellow Star of David during a speech to protest vaccine mandates.

On Saturday, state Rep. Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen) was giving a speech to conservative activists at a church in Lacey when he attempted to compare the concept of vaccine passports and mandates to the Holocaust, which killed 6 million Jews during World War II.

“It’s a historical echoe,” Walsh wrote on a Facebook page that featured a video of the event, adding, “In the current context, we’re all Jews.”

Unsurprisingly, Holocaust educators such as Dee Simon of the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle found Walsh's remarks offensive.

“Our government is attempting to protect their own citizens, not kill them,” Simon told The Seattle Times. “It not only trivializes it, but it distorts history.”

Walsh told the New York Times on Tuesday that he was given a Star of David by someone at the event, and that most attendees wore them, and that some of the organizers are "deeply concerned about vaccine passports and vaccine segregation."

The Times reported that while Washington state does not currently require people to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the state Department of Labor and Industries is requiring employers to verify employee vaccination status before lifting masking requirements in their workplaces.

Walsh attempted to justify the Holocaust comparison by citing a debunked story about Danish citizens wearing Stars of David to protect the country's Jews, according to the Times.

He also appeared to dismiss concerns that wearing the Star of David in this context would be offensive to many people, telling the Times that “some people are offended by having to provide vaccine documentation at their work.”

“I have no control over who is offended by what,” he added.

Walsh is the latest politician to claim that encouraging people to get inoculated against COVID-19 is the same as being sent to a concentration camp due to religious persecution.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was heavily chastised in May for comparing vaccine mandates to the Holocaust, for which she later apologized after visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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