The Jewish Telegraphic reports:
Vickie Paladino, a first-term New York City Council member, has apologized for comparing COVID vaccine requirements to Nazi Germany. The Queens Republican faced a backlash after NY1 published an interview with her Monday.
“I don’t need to show you my papers,” Paladino told the news channel. “This is not Nazi Germany.” Paladino gave the interview days after being barred from the council chambers because she refused to disclose whether she is vaccinated.
“You can get vaccinated all you want, I can get vaccinated all I want,” she told NY1. “It’s just nobody’s business whether I am or not. So, it’s called medical freedom.”
Read the full article.
As I noted this morning, Paladino first appeared on JMG when she led the conga line at a pro-Trump and maskless Queens GOP party in 2020 during the early months of the pandemic. At least one attendee of the party was later hospitalized with COVID.
Yesterday an interview was published with NY1 in which I compared New York’s authoritarian mandate policies to Nazi Germany. It was a mistake to make that comparison. It was a flippant remark and I apologize to anyone who was genuinely offended. Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/sqY4y3i3BZ
— Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (@VickieforNYC) January 11, 2022