state representative. compares Governor Lamont to Adolph Hitler | Connecticut News
(WFSB) – A state official took to social media to voice concerns about Governor Ned Lamont’s leadership.
Anne Dauphinais, a House Republican, even compared Lamont’s leadership style to that of former German dictator Adolf Hitler.
In a Facebook post, Dauphinais claimed that Lamont “isolates us from our workplaces by forcing people to make unwanted medical choices in order to keep their jobs, pay off their mortgages and feed their families.”
She also posted: âThis governor, with the help of the one-party regime that we have in this state right now, seized dictatorial powers for almost 2 full years when this last extension expires. Hitler too was a dictator enabled by the reign of the One Nazi Party.
The governor’s emergency powers have been extended six times.
Lamont said that while we have come a long way, we are not out of the woods yet, “there is something called delta, it hit hard, forcing a lot of rule changes coming from the federal government. “.
Republican lawmakers and some Democrats have challenged the governor’s many extensions of emergency powers. This includes the requirement for masks in places like schools and funding for the state’s immunization campaign.
Republican Minority Leader Senator Kevin Kelly said in a special session: “What you want is for the voice of the people to be at the table and this is a very problematic precedent.”
Representative Dauphinais also took a hit on the governor’s vaccine mandate.
This forces state officials to vaccinate or submit to weekly tests.
Dauphinais went on to cite several quotes from sources in the Jewish Virtual Library, as well as the Holocaust Encyclopedia website, comparing Lamont’s vaccine mandate for state employees, teachers and deputies. contractors at the time when Hitler forced Jewish government employees to retire and banned Jews from public service. , those who wonder about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine until the time when the Germans would burn books considered “of the non-German spirit”, among others.
The Facebook post went on to say that it had previously compared Lamont to Hitler and had been called out by one or more anonymous people for the comments, adding:
“My comments were neither anti-Semitic nor factually inaccurate.”
She did, however, clarify her original comments, which were not immediately available, saying:
“I want to take this opportunity not to apologize but to clarify to Governor Lamont, as I was not clear that I meant he was acting like Hitler in the early 1930s – to this day he has not called to put the unvaccinated in camps. “
In response, Max Reiss, Governor Lamont’s director of communications, issued a statement:
âThe representative’s comments are disgusting, repulsive and disrespectful to the history and memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Such anti-Semitic rhetoric has no place in state government, and has no place in our public discourse.
Speaker of the House Matt Ritter (R) made a statement in response to the Dauphinais’ comments:
âThis is part of a disturbing trend on the far right to abandon decency, decorum, facts and history for offensive, racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. wearing masks at the murder of George Floyd – must be called out by other Republican members of the General Assembly. Republicans need to look at themselves in the mirror: is this your party?
At the last check-up, about 98% of government employees accepted the vaccination mandate.
About a thousand do not comply.
The last extension of the governor’s emergency powers lasts until February.
Senate Democrats have referred Eyewitness News to House Democrats, since the Dauphinais is a member of the House.
We have reached out to Republicans in the House and Senate, but they have yet to return our request for comment.
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