Idaho State Rep. Compares Coronavirus Restrictions to Nazi Germany

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The last week has shown that the quarantine has officially broken white people. If it’s not taking to the streets in an effort to protest a microscopic virus, it’s going on the radio and saying some truly wild shit about the effort to combat it.

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NBC News reports that Heather Scott, a Republican state representative in Idaho, went on The Jess Fields Show and challenged Gov. Brad Little’s efforts to combat the virus. She singled in on the decision to classify workers as essential and non-essential. “I mean that’s no different than Nazi Germany. Where you had government telling people, ‘you are an essential worker or a nonessential worker,” Scott said.

Yikes.

She didn’t stop there, though. She continued on with comments such as “the nonessential worker got put on a train,” and went on to say that Idaho residents have taken to calling the governor “Little Hitler.”

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Big yikes.

She doubled down on her comments in a post on Facebook. After a journalist from the Washington state-based Spokesman-Review reached out to her to clarify her comments, she wrote “Spokesman Review hit piece on me is coming soon.” She added, “My recent analogies are poignant and relative to our times.” In what is the most unsurprising part of this story, Scott has previously defended white nationalists after the events of Charlottesville in 2017.

Those located in Idaho and its surrounding areas didn’t take kindly to Scott’s comparison.

From NBC News:

“It makes my heart heavy to hear a comment from an elected official that shows such deep disregard and lack of respect for what the Jewish people experienced during the time of the Holocaust,” Brenda Hammond, president of the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force, said in an email to the Spokesman.

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Rabbi Tamar Malino, a resident in Spokane, told the Spokesman, “Mass murder and genocide is not the same thing as deciding which businesses should essentially stay open and which should stay closed.”

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Bronx Resident Benjamin White

During WWII, America faced a shortage of nearly everything because it was all needed to support the war effort. To help keep things in stock and still support the troops, the federal government imposed rationing. Heads of households (and single individuals) would receive a ration book every month which carried a number of coupons. These coupons are what allowed you to buy everything, from meat to gasoline, and when you ran out of coupons, you couldn’t get any more until the next month when the next ration book arrives.

It’s a novel concept, people making sacrifices for the greater good. It would never work in this day and age. This country is just too selfish.