The Washington Post reports:
On Friday, the Anderson County Review, a Kansas newspaper, posted a cartoon to Facebook in response to a new statewide mask order from Gov. Laura Kelly (D).
The image showed Kelly [photo] in a face covering emblazoned with the Star of David over a photo of Jews in Nazi Germany, with the caption: “Lockdown Laura says: Put on your mask … and step onto the cattle car.”
After a weekend of stinging rebukes, the paper’s owner and publisher, who is also a GOP county chairman, pulled the cartoon and apologized on Sunday.
From his Facebook post:
After some heartfelt and educational conversation with Jewish leaders, I can acknowledge the imagery in my recent editorial cartoon describing state government overreach in Kansas with images of the Holocaust was deeply hurtful to members of a culture who’ve been dealt plenty of hurt throughout history — people to whom I never desired to be hurtful in the illustration of my point. It is not my intention to heap more grief onto this historical burden, and it’s apparent I previously lacked an adequate understanding of the severity of their experience and the pain of its images.
Another disgusting display by ignorant Republicans who fail to understand that their propaganda is costing lives.
I helped build the Illinois Holocaust Museum to fight exactly this kind of hate.
America is better than this. https://t.co/ITa4sTSoEc
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) July 5, 2020
Hoping @jaredkushner and @IvankaTrump get a look at this post on the FB page of the Anderson County Review. The publisher is state chair of the Kansas GOP. It compares an order to wear a mask to the Holocaust. The GOP is the party of hate, and your father enables this. pic.twitter.com/nrW6fUnmdA
— Power and Light (@wcigfys) July 5, 2020