On Wednesday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) deleted a tweet that compared vaccine passports to the Holocaust. The gross tweet featured a photo of a person’s arm with a series of digits on it, reminiscent of the serial numbers that the Nazis tattooed onto the arms of concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust.
The overlaying text read, “If you have to carry a card on you to gain access to a restaurant, venue or an event in your own country, that’s no longer a free country.”
Massie isn’t the first House Republican to invoke the Holocaust to rail against Covid-related restrictions. In May, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said that pandemic precautions put into place by Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol reminded her of Nazism.
Massie has frequently spoken out against COVID-19 vaccine requirements, namely in the military. He is also a co-sponsor of the “Fire Fauci Act,” which was brought forward by Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The act called for Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to have his salary reduced to $0 until he is replaced, following the release of thousands of Fauci’s emails, which renewed criticism of his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie deleted a tweet Wednesday night comparing vaccine mandates to the Holocaust. pic.twitter.com/QTSSH7eqpY
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) August 26, 2021
Rep. Thomas Massie – who voted against funding to help schools teach students about the Holocaust and antisemitism – tweeted (and deleted) this meme tonight. Care to comment @GOPLeader? pic.twitter.com/8ULy0Wgg7P
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) August 26, 2021
I guess cheapening and trivializing the Holocaust has become routine for House Republicans. Do other Republicans even bother to condemn this sort of thing any more? https://t.co/YlmFm2kIdP
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 26, 2021